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The sound of silence

Posted in random with tags on August 24, 2021 by jefferyrn

As my 61st birthday approaches, I find myself with a case of the blahs.  It is not a true milestone year. Next year is my retirement year.  I should be excited.  I am in my retirement home. Palm Desert is a dream come true.  But for some reason, blah.

Maybe everything just moved a little fast this summer and I am still catching up to it all.  Working from home this past year certainly has changed how we live our lives. We are closer.  We are too close.  We are in each other’s face’s way too much.  We argue about stupid things. We argue about everything.  We spend time together.  We have no alone time.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

I enjoy getting up a half hour earlier and just sitting in the quiet house looking out the window at the jack rabbits and road runners on the lawn.  It is peaceful.  The stillness is wonderful.  Those jack rabbits barely move at all.  The road runners make up for that racing across the grass and into the drive.  What they are chasing escapes me.  Nothing seems to be chasing them either.  Silence is truly golden.  I half expect to see the ACME truck roll up and drop an anvil or something on old Wile E Coyote.  Though I have not seen a coyote yet.

Okay, so the blah comes and goes.  We are getting out of dodge for a few days.  Not going to think about kitchen remodels, toilets, lamp shade, area rugs, appliances, couches, chairs, pictures, junk we moved and need to get rid of, etc.  Maybe that will help me catch up. We can’t go on my actual birthday because that is a holiday weekend and the prices for hotels skyrocket not to mention the traffic.  So, we are going a week early.  As for that junk in the garage, I have already called a local charity to come and take a lot of it away.  Some more boxes need to be sorted out, but that can wait for another day.

I think once things are organized, I might feel like I am here.  Right now, it seems like a very long visit.

Alternate measurements of success

Posted in random with tags , , on August 18, 2021 by jefferyrn

Weight is not the only measurement of progress.  I have been on a plateau for several weeks.  Actually, that is the definition of a plateau, no weight loss for 2 or more weeks.  Noom has taught me how to deal with these plateaus and not be too terribly discouraged.  One of those tools is to measure other forms of progress.

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Measurements for a big man.

I have been taking measurements (reluctantly).  I hadn’t done a new set until yesterday.  Low and behold, I have lost 7 inches from my belly.  Amazing.  This is since I started recording these measurements in April.  4 inches since my last measurement on June 1st.  This is the measurement I am wanting to shrink the most.  I have taken other measurements and to be sure they are getting smaller too.

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This not me but does illustrate what I am talking about.

Something to point out is that I don’t wear my pants at this widest part of my body.  If I did there would be a lot of fabric and every time I breathe out my pants would fall to the ground.  So, like most men built this way we wear our pant under our bellies.  My waist if you want to call this smaller location that has also shrunk by one inch.

Also, maybe this is more then you want to know but, belt buckles have always been an issue.  I have a black and blue mark where the buckle digs into my gut.  The doctor told me to move the buckle to the side.  I have been doing that for years.   Today I am back in front.  And it doesn’t seem to hurt.  Progress indeed.

Of course, rock hard ads is the ultimate goal, but at this point I am happy with less flab. Those muscles are under their some place waiting for their first showing. Even when I was a young man I didn’t have abs. Skinny but no abs. Actually it wasn’t even a thing people strived for like they do now.

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The dream. Probably not happening. For one thing I am only 5′ 10″ haha.

So far, I am down 20 lbs. on Noom.    This is a little shy of my goal which would be 1.25 pounds a week.  I have lost not quite a pound a week.  But I am not discouraged.  As I mentioned, I am on a plateau.  Once I get off this thing I hope to catch up to my goal a little bit. 

There are many things to try to get going again.  Sometimes you need to change up your meals.  Maybe even eat more.  Maybe exercise more.  Any change can break the spell.  I have changed my breakfast and we shall see if this make a difference.  I have also gotten started again on my circuit training videos.  Wish me luck.

Moving on

Posted in random, retirement with tags on June 1, 2021 by jefferyrn

We spent the Memorial Day weekend cleaning out storage.  What a chore.  We took three loads to charity and one load to the trash.  Our Honda Pilot was filled to the brim each time.  I don’t know why we were paying to keep things we don’t need or want.

The goal.

Mistakes were made.  I gave away our good fan and kept the broken one.  I also said goodbye to some memories, holiday decorations, old knickknacks, and miscellaneous crap that has accumulated over the years. That electric deep fry we never used.  The George Foreman rotisserie (used twice, clean ups a bitch). Halloween costumes I have made over the years (all too big now!).  Old suits and jackets.  Hopefully someone can use this stuff.  Actually, I still have the memories, just not all the stuff that goes with them.  As Rick’s step dad used to always say, “Lighten the load”.

We went through our closets and got rid of clothes that no longer fit.  Too big I am happy to day.  We have both lost weight.  I kept my wedding shirt just because, well it’s my wedding shirt. We kept some Hawaiian shirts that might fit relatives.  Let them toss them out if they don’t want them, but they are good brands and it was hard to give them to charity. I told Rick to let them go but I lost that argument. We still have a whole house to pack up.  I am sure there will be more difficult decisions about what to keep and what to give away.

The movers are going to give us an estimate tomorrow.  It is all done virtually now.  We walk around with the cell phone camera on and tell them this goes, this we are taking ourselves, this is going to the consignment store, and so on. 

Virtual moving

Then the Realtor comes tomorrow afternoon to put our place on the market.  Maybe I should have led with this one.  We are selling our place and moving to Palm Springs. I got permission to work remotely for the next year and a half.  Then I will retire.  Yeah!!

This whole thing is bass akwards. I will write about the new place tomorrow. So much to tell from the tours to the offers and now Escrow. I have been in a very stressful couple of weeks.

 

Working it out

Posted in health, random, weight loss with tags , , on April 17, 2021 by jefferyrn

I finally  went back to my exercise routine. It’s a circuit training video called d-fit. I am on the intermediate level. Just barely though. I follow the girl in the back doing push-ups on my knees etc.  I texted my doctor and was given the ok to start again. Just watch for chest pain and shortness of breath. Kind of funny cause excise always makes me breath harder but there is a difference between  breathing hard and being out of breath. So far I am fine.

Sleep lab

Posted in health, random with tags on April 4, 2021 by jefferyrn

Monday night I go to the sleep lab. Apparently, sleep apnea is a common cause of Afib. I check in at 9 pm, get hooked up to a bunch monitoring devices, spend the night, and leave at 6 am on Tuesday.

I don’t know how much fun this is going to be but it needs to be ruled out as a cause or confirmed. My husband will drop me off and pick me up. Just need pajamas and slippers for those middle of the night pee trips.

Then Tuesday afternoon is the Nuc Mex Stress test. More fun. I was told to bring a book. Then I meet with the electocardiologist, go home and wait for all the results.

Incidently, Noom was about the importance of sleep this week.

Don’t just sit there

Posted in health, random, weight loss with tags on March 31, 2021 by jefferyrn

Did you here about the guy who was so fat? How fat was he? When sat around the house he literally sat around the house. Bad joke, but I can still see Gene Rayburn telling it.

Gene Rayburn

Americans sit almost 10 hours each day on average. Research shows that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads to:

* Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down

* Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)

* Disrupted blood sugar levels

* Increased insulin and blood pressure levels

* Leg muscles switch off

Regardless of your level of physical activity, sitting more than 8 hours a day leads to increased risks of:

* Heart disease

* Diabetes

* Obesity

* Cancer

* Back ache

* Dementia

* Depression

* Muscle degeneration

Sitting is slowly killing you.

Today we are attempting something call the 10:2.  Ten minutes of moving for every 2 hours of sitting.  Now whether that is 5 minutes every hour or 15 minutes every 3 hours, the plan is to average 10 minutes for every 2 hours. Do the math and schedule what works best for you.

This movement can be something simple like a long walk to get some coffee, a walk to the corner market, or a lap around the office complex.  Or you can just stand up at your desk and do jumping jacks or cartwheels (watch out for the printer).  Walking in place or taking a call while walking around is also an option.  I suspect one of my readers might take to rolling down grass hills. Just move.

I am at home so the plan is to walk to the fridge and scrounge around for a snack.  Just kidding. I will look in the pantry first, it’s closer.  Actually, I am just going get out of my chair and take a break doing things like folding laundry, food prep, cleaning the bathroom.  Basically chores that need to be done.  If I run out of chores I will listen to some music and jog in place.  Simple enough.

I am not sure what this will do for my metabolic rate but it’s worth a try.  Even though exercise doesn’t directly affect weight loss, it is good for the body and the mind.  I forgot why I came into the kitchen.  Surely not for a snack. (Dementia!)

Recipe Thursday

Posted in food, health, random, weight loss with tags , on March 4, 2021 by jefferyrn

I haven’t tried this one yet but it looks good to me. It’s mostly a “green” choice, which means low calorie density. The only density really comes from the butter.

What the heck

Posted in random on February 19, 2021 by jefferyrn

Just a brief post today because I can’t believe this poll. 1 in 10 Americans are okay with Neonazi views. Wbat the heck.

I remember they used to say 1 in 10 people are gay. And some comic started counting his audience. We can laugh at homosexuals. But white supremacists are not so funny.

This is cancel culture. 10 percent of you are horrible people. 10 percent of you are “family”. I don’t thing any of you are both. Unless we are talking about my real family. Some of them horrible.

Valentine’s in the 16th century

Posted in random with tags on February 14, 2021 by jefferyrn

There has been much fuss made about “Bridgerton” on Netflix. It is and unorthodox soap opera set in the Regency era. It is quite good if not so much true to history. The cast is attractive and engaging. But before this was a series that originally aired on television called “Reign”. It’s four seasons Rs now on Netflix commercial free.

Reign loosely follows the life of Mary Queen of Scots. I say loosely because the characters are children but in this telling they are young adults. Remember this was made for television. But most of all it is a love story.

We follow Mary and her many suitors. There are lots of plot twist and friends become enemies and then friends again or betrayers all in the name of love and power.

Some of the key players. Lola, one of Mary’s lady’s; Bash, the king’s bastard son; Stephen, an evil lord; Queen Elizabeth of England; Mary and her husband Frances; Mary and Catherine de Medici.

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Weighing in

Posted in health, random, weight loss with tags on February 11, 2021 by jefferyrn

I feel the need to provide some sort of update. I have been doing everything right for the past few days. But for a few transgressions (cookies, sopapillas) I am eating better. Tomorrow is coach day and I am ready for some new encouragement and help with strategy.

I also will be doing my third workout this week. Then we will get on the scales on Saturday……fingers crossed there will be something positive to report.