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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.


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.

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. 


New Blog On the Block January 12, 2008

Posted by Mitchell in Destined for the Gulags, Food, Shrinking.
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Well, I started another blog – Fat Man Blogging.  As you might expect from the title, it’s where I’m going to record my efforts to lose weight and related information.  Why another blog, when I hardly ever do anything with this one?  Because I can and it’s free.  Also, I want to keep a tight focus without a bunch of extraneous stuff.  I am going to try and keep it updated every day.  Drop by if you’re inclined!

Weight Loss Challenge January 4, 2007

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Shrinking.
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Pupster  has launched on a New Year Resolution campaign to lose weight and quit smoking.  This has led to friendly challenge to develop among Mr. Pupster and a couple other bloggers – Geoff and Dave in Texas.  I decided to horn in on the action as I REALLY need to something about my situation, and I could use the additional incentive.

According to the Navy Circumference calculator thingy for me:  the Bodyfat Percentage (BF%) of a 71 inch male with a 18 inch neck, and a 60 inch abdomen is 48%Recommended BF% for a man is 15%.   Eeech! 

Alas, I currently have the general shape and typical activity level of Homer Simpson.  However, I have a Plan. 

***Update***  Sorry, lunch break was over before I finished but I wanted to have something up.  Follow after the fold…


Getting Better! August 12, 2006

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I’ve lost another 5.5 pounds this week!  So that’s about 7 pounds total since I started my quest.  That’s certainly encouraging, but I think I can do better still.  I haven’t been doing my calisthenics like I intended – once I start getting those into the mix I think I’ll really start shedding some pounds.  Overall I’m fairly pleased with the South Beach method.

Do you like mushrooms?  I love mushrooms myself.  I came across a nifty little recipe a couple weeks ago for roasted mushrooms and they go perfect with the SB diet.  Take a bunch of whole cleaned white mushrooms and roll them around in a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper them, and them pop them into a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  Crazy delicious!  I like them even better than mushrooms sauteed in butter – and it’s easier to boot.  I’ve also used some flavored olive oils like basil and roasted garlic and added some herbs with great results.  Today I’m going to try it with some portabella mushrooms.


Rocky Start August 5, 2006

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According to the scale this morning I lost 1.5 pounds in one week.  😦  That’s not very good, although I must say I didn’t adhere very well to my guidelines in the latter part of the week – so the results weren’t too surprising.  Dave in Texas has highly recommended the South Beach diet.  I already have the book, so I’m going to give it a go.  I’m in the process of going through my kitchen and tossing out what little bread I have left, and crackers ‘n whatnot.  In Phase 1 of SB, sugar and white flour are the evil things that must be banished. Since I already had some bread and other carby things this morning I guess my official South Beach plan will start tomorrow.  I am writing up my grocery list now.  If anyone else is following the no/low carb & sugar thing and you have some good and easy recipes you’d care to share please do so in the comments.  Thanks!

Lifestyle Changes – Shrinking the Anomaly August 1, 2006

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Yes, sorry about the non-posting again.  Truth be told I’ve been in a rather prolonged Funk and unmotivated to do much of anything.  I am implementing Changes to finally counter the Funk and re-motivate my life.  Simply speaking – I MUST lose weight.  I’ve struggled with this issue almost all my life and sometime in the last year laid in a course to Comic Book Guy stature and have headed there at warp speed.  No, I’m not there yet, but I’m well along the way.  Major course corrections are in order and so this week I’ve started the long, slow turn around.

How Far Is the Journey to Cobol? 149 light years.  Sorry, no – 146 pounds to my ideal weight.  Yeeahup – it’s a ways to go, but I’ll never get there if I don’t get started.

The Plan  Well, diet and exercise of course.  For exercise I’ve started walking and (trying) calisthenics.  Yesterday morning I put 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym and 2.5 on the elliptical tonight.  As for the diet – common sense stuff, for the most part:  cut out the bad fats & sugary stuff, more veggies, smaller portions, etc.  Weight loss isn’t rocket science: calories in < calories out = smaller me. 

Well, time for bed – I get up now at 4:30am to get my workout in before I head to the office.