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Weighing in…diet or lifestyle change?

Posted in food, health, random, weight loss on December 1, 2016 by jefferyrn

Last time I talked about what my motivation is to lose weight.  Now let’s see if we can figure out the how part.  The standard answer here is move more eat less, diet and exercise.  These words evoke years of pain and suffering and with very little success.  People say it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle change.  Bull shit.  When I married Ricky that was a lifestyle change.   If I don’t eat sweets, fried foods, or starches of any type (bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice) that is cruel and inhumane punishment, not a lifestyle change.  If I go to the gym every evening after work and ride the elliptical or the bike or the treadmill, instead of going home to eat dinner that is more punishment.

 

But Jeff, you say, think of your goals.  Double bull shit.

 

So what am I going to do?  I have been logging everything I eat in my new Fitbit app.  I wear this damn bracelet that reminds me of prison, even though I have never been there, everywhere but in the shower.  It is telling me things I already know.   You ate too much, you aren’t moving enough, you aren’t getting enough sleep (because I am dreaming about food!).  So this Martha Stewart anklet that I wear on my wrist reports all this data to my phone.  I can graph it out.  Whoopee!  I can see failure in a pie chart or a bar graph, wonderful.  I know I can’t stop thing about that pie either.

 

I have the tools…or at least the ones there are available to me.  My company bought me the Fitbit as part of our Healthy Tracks program.  Here is the problem.  I like to eat.  I like to sit and do nothing. I hate to drink water. I love sweets. I love bread.   The answer to this problem is moderation.  Triple bullshit.  If I open a bag of chips, I am going to eat a bag of chips.   If I have one pieces of pizza, I won’t stop till the pie is gone.  There’s that word again, pie.

 

We got a dog.  I hate walking that damn thing.  It’s cold out there and he wants to lift his leg on every tree and sniff out the perfect place to poop.  Please just go, so I can get back in side and sit and do nothing, like the cat.

 

Then there is the limited result of my attempt to comply with these rules.  The first week I can shed 5 pounds.  Then ……….nothing more.  It is very discouraging.   When I was younger I could lose weight much more easily.  My metabolism has slowed down.  You have read my previous posts about diet pills and magic elixirs.  None of that works.  The diet pills were like being on Meth.  Not that I have ever done drugs but I know I didn’t feel normal.

 

I am on that plateau now.  Waiting for the scales to turn in my favor.  If my will power can just hold out for a few more days.  I will get past this lull.  It is a diet.  It is exercise for no reason.  It will work eventually.

Healthy weight loss motivation

Posted in food, health, weight loss on November 30, 2016 by jefferyrn

 


As anyone knows who has been reading this blog, I have been struggling with my weight.  Now this has become a health issue.  Not only do I look like a grizzly bear san hair, I am making myself ill.  I have talked about will power before. So many people think that we overweight people have none.  If you have a weight problem you know this is not entirely true.

 

So now that I have this health issue I am sufficiently motivated to shed the pounds.   We are not talking about skinny Jeff here, we just want to lose about 20 lbs. so we can have a safe and successful hernia operation.  Operation is a scary word for me.  I have only had 2 in my life.  Once when I was 3 they took my tonsils.  Never missed them.  The second one was a hernia repair that went bad.

 

Let me tell you about this experience.  It was an outpatient routine surgery.  They put me under.  The doctor did his thing.  And then I am waking up to a code blue.  Staring up at the bright operating room light and gasping for breath that would not come.  I image this might be the light people talk about seeing when they die.  Not really from heaven but from a cold operating room.  And the people you see are not angels but doctors and nurses trying to save you.  Maybe they are angels after
all.

 

So after that experience I have not wanted to go under the knife again. My new surgeon assures me that she with get the anesthesia right and I will not experience this again.  BUT she told me that many men, most far larger then I, have had to have hernias repaired as many as 5 times.  “We don’t want this to happen with you, right?”  Hell no.   For the best outcome I need to lose weight.  The hernia has fatty tissue in it as well as bowel tissue.  Some of the fatty tissue could be removed though weight loss and the surgery would be much easier and more successful.

 

Now, I am motivated.  That damn will power is still a problem, but we have goals. My partner is onboard with this goal as well.  What a difference that makes, let me tell you.

 

There is one more fear.  The fear that had me going to the surgeon in the first place, strangulation of the bowels.   If this happens we are going straight to emergency.   “You will know”, she said.  “You will be in great pain, vomiting, etc.”   I am paraphrasing, but it is not a pretty site.  I had the great pain before I went to the doctors, but is subsided after lying on my back for 3 hours.

 

This is probably more than anyone wanted to know about a hernia, but I wanted you to know my motivation this time to actually lose weight.  I see the surgeon again in mid-January.  Wish me luck.

Waist not want not

Posted in food, health, random, weight loss on November 8, 2016 by jefferyrn

I met with the surgeon last week.  You’ll never guess what she asked me to do before the surgery.  That’s right, lose weight.  It seems the outcome will be much better if I am much smaller.  We are waiting 6 weeks to see what I can do about this problem.    Seriously, six weeks!  I have been trying to lose weight  most of my adult life.  I am not sure what 6 weeks will do.  But I am sufficiently scared so who knows.

The first scare was that I had an irregular heartbeat, so she ordered an urgent EKG.  The next day the results were normal.  Nothing to worry about.  Easy for her PA to say, I was worried for a day and a half.  It was a struggle not to look at my own medical record, but I resisted and called the doctor for the results instead.  I need my job.

The same cannot be said for my addiction to food.  My partner, does all the cooking.  Lucky me.  But I do the clean-up.   All my life it has been pounded into me not to waste food.  Waste not want not…..   Well, that has turned into something ugly.  You have always heard that cooks sample the food while they are making it and that is why they are often overweight.   Well we don’t keep left overs, so when I am clean out the pots and pans I find myself eating some of the would be leftovers before putting them down the sink.   Translation, last night I ate a lot of cheese tortellini with a big serving spoon hovered over the kitchen sink.  Hence the title of this post Waist not….

I seriously need to get this under control or have someone dump the food for me before I do the rest of the clean up.

Tipping the scales

Posted in food, health, weight loss with tags , on July 28, 2015 by jefferyrn

Looking for some fixes to my weight loss program, I found 102 tips on line.  Here are 24 that I am willing to try:

1) Use a smaller dinner plate-it’ll limit how much you can pile on.   I have tried this one.  I put my lonely scrambled eggs on a salad plate and they don’t look so lonely.

2) Use a blue dinner plate. Studies show the color has an appetite- suppressing effect (as opposed to red and yellow plates).   We eat on red plates.  I am going to try this one.

3) Snack on pistachios instead of pretzels.  Ricky started this months ago.

4) Work out with your partner. Couples who train together are 34% more likely to stick to their workouts.   We go to the gym together after I get off work 5 days a week.

5) Eat at the kitchen table-not on the couch.  We always eat dinner at the table.  I have the TV turned so I can watch the news.  Those wall mount swivels are great.

6) Take a real “before” photo. You’ll be more motivated knowing what you look like and where you want to go.  I took my before picture.  Then I got a new phone.  I had the picture marked private.  It didn’t make it over.  I hope the factory reset got rid of it.

7) Choose ellipticals with handles. You’ll recruit muscles in your arms and burn more calories overall.  My doctor recommended this one.  I am actually sweating.

8) Eat more avocados. They’re loaded with the kind of healthy fats you need to keep your body burning fat.  I am trying but the only way I really like them is in a dip with chips.  Sort of defeats the purpose.

9) Drink tea. It’s loaded with fat-burning antioxidants.   I drink a lot of ice tea.  Maybe I should switch out my coffee too.

10) Eat less sugar. Limit yourself to no more than 72 grams a day.   This is a diabetic thing. We crave sugar, but I am doing pretty good here.

11) Get a dog. (Or borrow your girlfriend’s.) Taking Fido for a walk 20 minutes a day can help you shed 14 pounds a year.  I would love to have a dog but the condo association doesn’t allow them unless they are service animals. Don’t need a girlfriend either.

12) . Eat more beans. This high-fiber, protein-packed staple will help your body incinerate fat. Purée them for stews or toss with oil and vinegar and serve as a side dish.  I am trying this one. I get pintos (not refried) or black beans in a burrito.

13) Jot short-terms goals on index cards. Once they’re met, add ’em to a pile. Having a stack of accomplishments will boost your confidence.   I don’t know this might work for some people.

14) Load up on fiber. Lentils, beans, , and pears are all great sources.   I am actually on fiber therapy.

15) Skip the elevator. Take the stairs and burn 100 cals every 10 minutes you climb.  I take the stairs up to my office.

16) Hold the fries-and the cheese from your burger. Save 300 cals.   I order cottage cheese.  But sometimes I have the fries, extra crispy.

17) Write down everything you eat. Trim 250 calories a day and you can shed up to two pounds a month.  I put it all down in MyFitnessPal.

18) Don’t skip breakfast. A high-nutrient breakfast gets your body off to a good calorie-burning start. Shoot for 400 to 600 calories within an hour of waking up.  Remember those scrambled eggs on the salad plate?

19) Get new sneakers. After about 500 miles, it’s time for a new pair. New shoes mean more motivation.   New sneakers, new workout clothes period helps with the motivation.

20) Add heat to your dinner.  (and hot peppers) speed up your metabolism and help you to eat slower.  We have been trying some Creole dishes that are pretty spicy.  Last night we had something that was supposed to have alligator in it.  We used chicken.

21) Do household chores. Burn calories while mowing the lawn (346 calories per hour), raking leaves (230), or washing your car (269).  Instead of going to the kitchen at commercial times I go scrub the bathroom or dust something.

22) Swap a side of rice with a low-cal veggie like . You’ll save 250 calories per serving.  We don’t eat much rice.  I am getting very sick of broccoli.

23) Brush your teeth before bed-shirtless. You’ll see your progress in the mirror and get psyched to work out the next morning.  This might work for some, but I am so fat it is very hard to see any progress.

24) Drink Responsibly. Steer clear of mixed drinks. Stick with a  or glass of  Or at least something made with a low-cal mixer, like diet soda or tonic.  I am going to New Orleans for my 55th birthday.  All bets are off that week.

Pure torture, otherwise known as exercise

Posted in food, health, random with tags on July 17, 2015 by jefferyrn

It has been awhile since I provided my last status report on my weight loss.  Things are going pretty well.  My last follow up with the doctor showed that I lost another 5 pounds.

This is good for 4 weeks.  I know I should be happy about it, but so far all I have lost is the equivalent of having a baby, 30 lbs.   As I told the doctor, “The baby’s out, now if I could just get rid of this small child we’d be in business!”, pointing at my stomach.  “You see I am working my way up to that full sized adult trapped in here.   He’s not paying rent and he needs to go!”

We talked about my meds.  I told her that my glucose has been great, so I am cutting back on the frequency of my Metformin, once a day now.   I told her I was tired of the “jitters” and Ricky was tired of my “Irritableness”.  The pregnancy is over,  so I am off the diet pills for now.  I think I can do it on my own.  If not all I have to do is text her and get the prescription renewed.  We are going on a 60 day follow-up.   Anything over 6 lbs will be a success next time.   In the mean time I am supposed to send her my glucose numbers to keep them in check.

Both the office staff and the doctor shared advice on how to speed up my weight  loss.   One suggestion was to go to exercise classes.  The only drawback here is once the class starts there is no bailing out.  I will pass on this for now.  The second suggest came from my doctor.   She told me to switch up my cardio.  Instead of doing the bike I should try the elliptical.   I told her that I had tried that in the beginning but couldn’t quite master it.  She said it’s all about time.  You burn twice the calories.

So I am on the elliptical now.  Man, it’s tough, but the rewards have been worth it.  I lost 2 lbs since seeing the doctor.  But it has been pure torture.  That and the abdominal crunches are killing me.  I couldn’t do the crunches in the beginning.  There was too much tummy in the way.  Progress!  And the ultimate measurement, I fit in most booths at the restaurants now.  No more waiting for a table with the other “handicapped” fat old farts.  I know it’s not very PC of me.

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Speaking of torture, I have started watching “American Horror Stories” on Netflix.   OMG, Kathy Bates is giving me nightmares.  Don’t binge watch this one before going to bed.   I absolutely love Jessica Lange in this one.  She has so much class and is still so evil.  The best thing is no commercials.  Funny how some scenes go to black before continuing.   That must be the commercial breaks.

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We skipped to season 3 because it takes place in New Orleans, my favorite city.  If you have never seen it, this one is about a Coven of witches.  Jessica plays the supreme, and Kathy plays a woman who can’t die because of a voodoo queen curse.

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There are so many fun characters in this one and the torture….I think maybe I would rather have my mouth filled with “shit” and sown shut as opposed to anther turn on the elliptical.  It would accomplish a similar goal.  But then there is the zombie curse.  Not so much fun.

A little wine uncorked

Posted in food, health, random with tags on July 6, 2015 by jefferyrn

I am writing this post so that my photo drops down the page and I don’t have to look at myself.  Also to tell you that we had a wonderful weekend that culminated with a barbecue /dinner party last night.  A couple from Modesto that we knew but really only ever saw at parties has moved here and invited us to their house for dinner.

It was a nice little gathering.of 7 for chicken, ribs, and wine.  And then some more wine.  My head is hurting a little this morning.  Those people could talk.  I didn’t say much because they were like the energizer bunnies of conversation.  Did I say we had wine. It was good wine too.  Rick knew the labels and told me it was good stuff.  I am sort of wine dumb.  It tasted good. They are collectors of fine wine.  We probably drank about 300 dollars worth and that’s wholesale not restaurant mark-up prices. One thing we also agreed on is that the price of the wine doesn’t make it good.

There was one the host was particularly fond of because he said it was named after him,  “Fat Boy”.

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Pepper and eucalyptus with zesty red fruit. Delicate tones. Some nail polish influence with candied berry. Dried cranberry. Got some interesting elements.

I think wine reviews are a load of crap. It’s grapes.  It tastes like fermented grapes.  There are no dried cranberry, or eucalyptus leaves involved. After glass or two, I told him so and he agreed and went off on all the ridiculous words people use to describe wine.  He enjoys good wine. I like him.

Here are some of the words used to describe wine:

  • Acidity – This doesn’t sound so good.  Do I need to take a Tums?
  • Angular –  Something stuck in my throat.
  • Austere – Lighten up.  I don’t want a stuffy wine.
  • Barnyard – Not really looking for this taste either. Think wet wool, hay and manure.
  • Big – That’s me.
  • Bright – That’s me too.
  • Buttery – Maybe you’re still tasting that cracker.
  • Cassis – What?
  • Charcoal – Definitely not a good taste.
  • Chewy Tannins – Are you sure that isn’t the cork you are chewing?
  • Cigar Box – I don’t want to eat tobacco. It’s a little like pizza that tastes like the box.
  • Complex – Me again.
  • Creamy – Sometimes.
  • Crisp – I not eating a salad here.
  • Dense – No fiber please.
  • Earthy – 10 second rule.
  • Elegant – Me again.
  • Fat – and again
  • Flabby – and again
  • Flamboyant  – Is this the drinker or the wine?
  • Fleshy – Not into cannibal.
  • Food Friendly – I should hope so.  Don’t want to drink on an empty stomach.
  • Grippy Tannins – Sounds nasty.
  • Hint of – could be anything.
  • Jammy – at least this is a grape product.
  • Juicy – same here.
  • Laser-like – what?
  • Lees –  This is yeast particles. Again not very appealing.
  • Minerally – Maybe this is when you lick the granite counter top for the last drop.
  • Oaked – Is this Scotch or wine?
  • Opulent – Me again.
  • Refined – and again.
  • Silky – Sounds like underwear.
  • Steely – Counter top again or maybe the sink.
  • Structured – Not after you drink it.
  • Tight – Me again, LOL.
  • Toasty – Of course everyone likes a good toast.
  • Unctuous – Oily.
  • Unoaked – Of course it is in a glass bottle you dope.
  • Velvetly – Reminds me of a 70’s couch.

Seriously, I did learn one new description, Corked.  This is when the wine cork has molded and tainted the wine.  It happens to good wine all the time. That is why there is a renewed interest in sealing wines without the old fashioned cork.

A corked wine does not mean a wine that has tiny particles of cork floating around in the glass. Corked wine is a term for a wine that has become contaminated with cork taint. Cork taint is not simply the taste of a cork. Rather it is caused by the presence of a chemical compound called TCA (2,4,6 – trichloroanisole). TCA is formed when natural fungi (of which many reside in cork) come in contact with certain chlorides found in bleaches and other winery sanitation / sterilization products. If a winery uses infected corks, the wine becomes tainted. If let loose TCA can contaminate not just a single batch of corks (and wine) but can infect an entire cellar or winery. Once entrenched it is very difficult to eradicate. Since the discovery (only as recent as the early 1990’s) of the cause of cork taint, most wineries have totally eliminated the use of chlorine based clearing products.

Cork taint, who knew? (I wonder if it tastes like butt or balls or worse…..tuna!) Actually it smells like an old, damp cardboard shoe box removed from under a pile of moldy newspapers. Not a good thing.  Let me apologize now for my off color comments.

BBQ, Brews, and Blues

Posted in cars, food, music, random with tags , on June 19, 2015 by jefferyrn

Today and tomorrow is the annual BBQ, Brews, and Blues Festival sponsored by the Eldorado Casino.  We usually attend at least part of one day.  This year Rick’s brother is driving up for the event.  It will be a lot of beer drinking and sitting in the sun/shade on Saturday.  There are actually going to be some groups performing that I have heard of somewhere in my past, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Smash Mouth.

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Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Smash Mouth

Jason King Band

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Tonic

There is a second stage of acts too, but I probably will stay put in the shade, venturing out for refills in close proximity to where we are sitting.

Also, we are in the process of purchasing a new car. Ricky is very upset with the dealership. He blew up last night a the finance person. I told him it is not worth getting a stroke over it. I need him more than we need this car. That saga is continuing today.  Our purchase is coming from Redding and should be here on Saturday.  Maybe some beers will be good for the stress levels we are experiencing. Maybe something stronger is in order.

Why is it that car dealers still act like they are trading horses.  This process needs some revisions.  We tried the easy approach, True Car, Cudl, and Costco, but here in Reno the dealers don’t play.  We went to Dixon California to get my car several years ago.  And the ones the do play don’t know the rules. I am not sure I know the rules.  Tell me what you want for the car, here is the money, give me the keys, that should be it.  But no, you must speak to their finance person who tries to talk you into their programs and sell you worthless things like warranties and service agreements.

It is almost over. Wish us luck. The dealer should be seeing our tail lights some time Saturday afternoon and the only Smash Mouth we see will be the band on stage.

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