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Back On The Diet Train September 16, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Health, Science & Technology, Shrinking, Strange & Unusual.
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Longtime readers know I developed type 2 diabeetus a while back and had to start doing all the stuff necessary to deal with that – medicine, blood-monitoring, diet, exercise, blah blah blah. I was actually doing very well and got my blood sugar levels firmly under control and dropped a significant chunk o’ me over the course of a year. I even something something number in my last blood test into the normal range. Which meant that the diabeetus was gone. I even stopped taking the medication. Then I went on vacation and gave myself permission to indulge and to skip exercise as a reward. Yeah. That was…unwise. I never re-established those healthy things and in the year since I regained almost all the weight. Interestingly my blood sugar levels still kept in the normal range though and I have none of the symptoms of diabeetus. I chalk that up to staying mostly away from the really bad stuff like sugary soda-pop and the like, but obviously I”m not doing well in other areas. Like fast food. It’s time to get back to doing healthy things again…but with a twist.

NO WHEAT

Yesterday Instaheh linked to this book on Amazon: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. It’s 10 bucks on the Kindle so I went ahead and grabbed a copy. I started reading it yesterday. Currently I’m 30% of the way through. It’s written by a medical doctor and he’s convinced that modern wheat gluten is some of the worst stuff you can possibly eat and that epidemic obesity and diabeetus is closely related to vast increase in consumption of wheat products as promoted by the official USDA guidelines of eating less fat & meat and eating “lots of healthy grains”. He’s making a persuasive case that wheat is a whole system messer upper.

Why Wheat, Why Now?

There’s been kind of a building noise around gluten for a while. Lots of products are touting themselves as “gluten free”. There’s a whole aisle devoted to the stuff at Whole Foods I noticed. Mr Ace O’Spades asked a question a while back about this stuff along the lines of “Humans have been eating wheat products for thousands of years. Wouldn’t we have noticed a problem with wheat a long time ago?” Well, yes and no. Actually societies that turned to a largely grain-based diet did indeed start developing diseases and problems that they didn’t have before. But obviously not to the extent we’ve seen more recently. Previously people exercised a lot more than we do now just in the course of their everyday lives. That alone can mitigate a lot of things. But the real culprit (according to this guy anyway) is the advent of modern wheat strains that are almost in complete prevalence today. He’s saying that the genetic structure of modern dwarf wheat is very, very different from what our ancestors ate, and that the gluten from this stuff breaks down in the digestive system into compounds that humans were never designed to handle. And many of us are in fact NOT handling them very well.

Oh, and apparently you shouldn’t try to switch to stuff like breads and crackers that advertise themselves as “gluten-free” because they’re based on other starch-flours, which while not as bad they’re still doing bad blood sugar stuff.  I’ve still yet to get to how to identify all sources of wheat products in commercially produced food. Like is maltodextrin derived from wheat? Eh, it can be apparently, though that article says it’s gluten-free. The point remains that they use wheat-derived products in lots of stuff that don’t necessarily make themselves immediately apparent.

I’ll let you know how things go.

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Urrrk September 3, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Diabetes, Health.
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I was supposed to commit some art today, but I’m feeling bad. When I went on vacation I took a break from watching my diet and whatnot so carefully, because – you know – VACATION.  Alas, I’ve not re-established discipline afterwords like I was supposed to and so I have been eating and drinking things I’m not supposed to (or at least not nearly so much) and now I’m being forcefully reminded as to why I should be more careful about such things.  I can’t hardly even concentrate so no art today.  Lame post I know.  Sorry.  Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow after a day of getting back on track and a good night’s sleep.

Here watch this.  It has a pretty girl who gets chased by low budget storm troopers who can be incapacitated by trance music.  Enjoy!

Trance Thursday March 25, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Food, Health, Music, Never Give Up, Never Surrender!, Trance.
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Even as we mull the relative immanent damnation or salvation of our country there is still time to pause and enjoy some of the cool things we have now.  One of which is a trance hit from a couple years ago – Who Will Find Me by DJ Shah featuring Adrina Thorpe.  This is the soft acoustic version, so even if you’re not a big fan of the heavier beat dance / trance stuff you’ll still like this one:

One of the things I like about this genre of music is the tendency for artists to make multiple versions of their best songs.  This one has at least seven that I know of, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find still other versions out there remixed by other artists as well.  I always enjoy listening to different takes on songs that I really like. 

Thanks for the visits and I’ll type some more at you later.

 The Litany Against Cake*

I must not eat cake.
Cake is the diet-killer.
Cake is the big-sugar that brings total obliteration.
I will face the cake.
I will permit it to pass by me but not through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its pudgy path.
Where the cake has gone there will be nothing.
Only the diet will remain.

*Apologies to Frank Herbert

R.I.P. USA 1776 – 2010 March 21, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Health, Home, Politics.
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Cause of death: suicide.

Like someone in Ace’s comments said, “234 years was a good run.”

On the plus side, The United Socialist State of the Americas was born today.  All hail our Marxist socialist overlords!

United Socialist State of the Americas

Soon our lives will be no better than anyone else’s in the world. The Democrats will helpfully explain how this is better for everyone. And we’ll all get to enjoy our free healthcare! Or, failing that – our free deathcare. We’re in a Brave New World now comrades. Learn to love it, or at least pretend to do so.

Recession Just Got Worse for the Big & Tall Clothing Store March 10, 2010

Posted by Mitchell in Food, Health, Shrinking.
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 100 POUNDS!!

As of this morning I finally cracked the three digit barrier on my weight-loss journey!  Technically, it’s 100 and 1/2 pounds, and yes, I celebrate each 1/2 pound victory.  Oh sure, 100 is just another number and doesn’t have any real significance outside of a base 10 numerical system, but it is an important psychological achievement nevertheless.  The last few weeks were very frustrating for me since I wasn’t making much significant progress.  Hell, I was at the 98 pound mark for about three weeks and the complete inability to lose even 2 measly pounds in that time was extremely discouraging, even after really going at it that last week.  I had hit the dreaded “plateau”.  As far as I’ve come in the months since last summer I still have way too far to go to fracking plateau.  Obviously, I needed to make some changes – what had worked pretty well so far just wasn’t working anymore.

I Had To Get Medieval on My Ass

The rules of the diet and weight loss game aren’t really all that hard to understand: shovel less food into the pie-hole and move the butt more.  If calories in < calories out then weight goes down.  Easy peasy!  Of course, it’s the implementation part that trips us up and serves as the basis for a multi-billion dollar industry.  The mind is willing, but the flesh is very, very weak.  Particularly when you’ve got so much of it laying around like I do.  The first thing I decided to do is take a hard look at the pie hole end of the the equation.

Over the last few months I let a lot of little things back into my diet.  Little snacks that I used to have occasionally were now much more common or a lot bigger (hell, sometimes even both) than what I used to eat.  A tablespoon of ice cream every couple days was now several teaspoons every day, for instance.  All that had to go.  And bread.  I LOVE my sourdough bread and it was hard to give up previously.  So I started eating it again.  Just a slice here and there at first you know, but now it too was pretty much every day.  That’s gone again.  I’ve been eating too much fruit as well, so I cut that way back.  Anyway, you get the idea.  Less food overall and WAY fewer carbs than I was indulging in.  I have to be a carb-hawk anyway because of the Diabeetus, but my blood sugars have were behaving so I wasn’t as disciplined as I was when I started.  I’m back to non-starchy veggies, lean protein, moderate fats (it will be a cold day in Hell indeed before I give up my cheese) and what sugar/carbs I get from some fruit.

New Butt Moves

Next I reasessed my exercise routine.  Previously, 5 days per week of grinding it out for 41 minutes on the treadmill was sufficient.  Note that I’m moving it pretty good while I’m on there – this ain’t strolling.  I have it jacked up to the highest incline and I averaged around 4.75 mph.  According to the calorie computer on the treadmill that’s good for over 1,000 calories per trip.  I’m usually too tired afterward to do much else and don’t have much time anyway so that’s pretty much all I would do.  It used to be good enough.  I think my body got used to this routine and I don’t get the big calorie bang anymore.  Now I cut the treamill down to 26 minutes, but do it at a higher intensity and use the rest of the time getting to know the weight machines and another 10 minutes of body weight exercises at home.  And I get away from my desk for about 15 minutes at lunch and do some juggling with my set of juggling balls that weigh 3 pounds each.

I started all this on Monday.  I’m now hungry and sore.  I also kicked out 3 pounds in two days. 

BOOYEAH!!

Health Update November 16, 2009

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Hola mi amigos et amigas! It’s been a while since I rapped at ya so let’s get to it!

Things are going really well in this department. As of last Saturday I’ve dropped a total of 75 pounds since I started in late June, which is pretty good I think. I still have a long ways to go but I’m definitely well on my way. It’s funny, but you’d think that after getting rid of that much weight I would feel lighter or something. You know, like as if I were on the moon. It doesn’t though, which is a little disappointing frankly. Oh well.

I just had a three-month check up last week and it went really well. We reviewed my latest blood sugar readings on my tester (I forgot my graph dangit!!) and the doctor said I was doing very well and can pull back to testing my blood sugars to three days per week. I’ve decided to go every other day just make things easier and keep my graph nice and smooth. As part of my checkup I also had some blood drawn for some tests and I just heard back today that my fasting blood sugar levels are officially back to the normal range as are my cholesterol levels! I can stop taking my cholesterol medication now! WHOOT! I plan to celebrate with a grapefruit after work tonight. (Grapefruit is forbidden when on that particular medication so I actually am pretty excited about this.) 😀

Unfortunately my visit did not result in entirely undiluted good news. I’ve had a bit of pain off and on in my left shoulder for several months now and after wiggling my arm around a bit the doctor informed me that I have a bit of arthritis there. I’ve been holding off on doing very much upper-body exercise in an effort to let this problem “heal” but that’s not going to happen. I’ll just have to learn how to be careful with it I guess.

That’s it for now, but I plan to get back to regular posting so check back soon!

Blood Sugar Update August 17, 2009

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Diabetes, Health.
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Just a quick note about how it’s going. This last week has been really pretty good! As you can see levels have been entirely in the “Normal” range which is really gratifying. Aside from the uptick on the 13th the trend is still going down too.  To be honest I’m not entirely certain what to make of the last couple days though.  For instance today’s first read was around 11:15 am, well after breakfast and yet it is the lowest I’ve measured yet.  The second read was at 2:00 pm, and so about an hour and a half after lunch and it only moved up about 19 points.  I was told expect a 30 – 40 point movement upward though.  Something to keep an eye on anyway.

Blood Sugar Update

I’m Makin’ Diabeetus My Bitch August 10, 2009

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Jeepers.  I didn’t really mean to be away this long but real life intrudes. 

Anyway, I implemented a  lot of changes in my life since Diabeetus Day two weeks ago and there are already many noticable improvements.  I now test my blood glucose levels twice per day and, being the data guy that I am, I of course record the results in a spreadsheet.  And numbers in a spreadsheet just beg to be graphed.  Check it out:

BGGraph

In less than two weeks I have my numbers in the normal range. This happened a lot sooner than I expected but it’s definitely welcome. Similarly my blood pressure numbers have returned from “Stage 1 Hypertension” levels to those approaching normal as well. Now the goal is to keep them there.

Diabeetus Confirmed July 28, 2009

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Diabeetus

I got the call today (that was fast!) and the test confirmed that I have the Diabeetus.  Also high cholesterol.  But no thyroid issues!  But I do have high blood pressure on top of the other stuff.  So, I’m quite the mess healthwise.  But now I have medicines, blood sugar tester thingy, and orders to “eat healthy & exercise”.  I guess we’ll see how that goes.

Diabeetus Watch July 24, 2009

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Well I saw the doctor yesterday and he agreed that all the stuff I’m experiencing are indeed potential signs of a diabeticatarianalishy condition so he set me up for some blood tests.  I also have high blood pressure issues so he’s checking for some stuff with that, and cholesterol, and thyroid.  I couldn’t get the blood drawn yesterday as some of the tests require an eight hour fast before they can take it so I went this morning.  It will take a few days for these tests to come back but I expect we’ll have a lenghthy discussion about my health issues and what we can do about them.  I also expect that a large part of my treatment will be getting my lazy butt off of the couch and moving it.

Stay tuned…