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Losing Weight Is Not the Only Thing

Saturday, December 04, 2010

One of my friends, Brewmaster Bill, posted a blog on the topic of calorie deficit – the fact that you will gain or lose depending exclusively on the excess or deficit in calories that you eat compared to the ones you burn. My reply was that he sounded like my buddy Bill - he got the deficit idea (had a revelation) about three or four weeks ago, and he is losing very nicely, thank you. There is one other point - what you eat and how much you exercise does affect what your body does. I am storing a bunch of CAT scans (of me) for different doctors because they only stay in the machine for seven years. You can see various white semicircles where an artery is cut normally and the plaque is calcified, and in one a nice long streak where there's a big plaque in the aorta. This sort of thing gives you an incentive to change your ways, and I don't have ham and cheese omelets with lots of butter on the toast and fried potatoes for breakfast any more. No big 18 oz T-bones for dinner - a lot of food is different now. I eat nuts and avocados but mostly skip the sausage and bacon.

Having a 7mm stent in the artery to my kidney reinforced the inclination to eat differently. These are long term effects that you don't see or feel. You don't experience the consequences for a lot of years either, but it may be too late to change your ways when you do.

If you’re relatively young all you need to worry about it the amount you eat. When you have real health problems, the eating patterns that reduce or even reverse some degenerative diseases become important. I recovered from some kidney loss and from spinal stenosis, and Bill’s doctors are astounded at his recovery (so far). The kidney doctor is the most confounded, because instead of moving into complete kidney failure, he is dramatically slowing his loss of kidney function, (it has been stable for the past few months) and showing at least one sign of improvement to an irreversible disease. Losing the weight and moving the body are important, and complete nutrition, which Spark People do advocate, is important too, for long term good health, at least in my opinion. I am not a doctor or qualified to give advice in this area.

Bill is down 55 pounds since last March and his internist couldn’t believe that he was doing it without a doctor. I’m down about 150 pounds, and the last 100 were the result of a shouting mach with a neurologist, so I suppose you could say that I did have help from a doctor – he lost his temper with me, but in the end he told me that I had graduated and didn’t need to come back unless I felt like visiting. He watched the process and was very happy with the result.

Thin people have heart attacks too.

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TUBLADY 12/5/2010 9:27PM

    You have done an awesome job of reversing your bad health into living and eating healthy. You are definitely to be complemented.
I know a little something about losing a large amount of weight.
About making what you eat work for you not against you.
I eat the amount of food that my body need, and exercise and burn up what my body has stored as fat.
Sometimes people eat too much even though they exercise, they are just burning up what they ate, not getting down into the stored area of fat.
But everyone has to do they own thing.
Your friend Bill sounds like he's doing his thing the right way.
Take care and Spark on!!

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TUDI4480 12/5/2010 1:22AM

    Wow! Some people would call this a medical miracle...and, it is. But even more, it is your pursuit of day to day better choices over a long time that have created the "miracle." Good for you. Thanks for sharing your inspiration yet again.

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MRDPOLING 12/4/2010 9:37PM

    I cannot even imagine you 150 pounds heavier! REally!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/4/2010 6:32PM

    I believe that, but you wouldn't know it by today's behavior. My major calorie contributors have been 9 Hershey's kisses, Hunter's Mix, and Jenson's Orchards veggie chips. If I don't watch out, I may be looking at CAT scans that resemble yours.

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Cold Day

Thursday, December 02, 2010

It was 42 degrees at 7:00 this morning, which is plenty cold for me. I couldn't see my breath, but a cold front came through, and there is a freeze warning for inland in Polk County, not too far north from here.

After reading the comics, dropping off the Dodge for new motor mounts, and walking 2.5 miles this morning, I worked on Kiwanis stuff from 9 to 3:30, first on paperwork, then on driving around and buying supplies for the "Breakfast With Santa" at Lake St. George Elementary on Saturday. Then I spent 45 minutes on Spark People before changing clothes and heading for TOPS. I had no breakfast or lunch today, and weighed in at exactly the same weight as I did two weeks ago. Thanksgiving wasn't a killer for me.

I didn't suffer from having only one meal today (turkey soup, crackers, yogurt, and some nuts) because I was busy all day. It was like being back at work without the stop at the local tavern afterward and the huge supper. Now it's 9:00 and Ralphie is in the sweater the BW put on him while I was gone. The temperature is down to 71 degrees inside, and I just switched it from "cool" to "heat". We also had a comforter on the bed last night, which I pulled back over myself about 4:30 this morning, and I may try to go to sleep with it covering me tonight. Usually one thin blanket is enough or too much, but I need a sweatshirt or the comforter in the winter.

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MRDPOLING 12/3/2010 12:01PM

    I'd take 42 degrees right now!!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/2/2010 9:39PM

    It was 28 this morning when I left for work. It got up to 37. Balmy.

It's amazing how being busy staves of hunger.

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THINAGAIN66 12/2/2010 9:16PM

    Here in Indiana it was 26 degrees at 7 this morning. We had about an 1/2 inch of snow yesterday with more forecast for the weekend. Winter has come! I have been turning on the electric blanket about 1/2 hour before I go to bed so it is nice and warm when I get there. I have an underactive thyroid and get cold easily, so don't really enjoy wintertime that much unless I can stay inside. But, I have lived in Indiana all my life, so see no reason to change now. You just learn to deal with it. emoticon emoticon

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Successful Trip to the Museum

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Both museums were closed on Monday, so we went down to St. Petersburg today and saw the exhibit of 100 American Impressionists. I made a (nearly) U turn and parked right in front of the entrance at a meter. For $1.50 we had two hours inside, and I planned to run out and put more coins in if that wasn’t enough, but we were out in not much more than an hour. The BW made it up the ramp with her cane, and I pushed her around in one of their wheelchairs.

Then we stopped at Frank’s Bob Evans (close to where he used to live and where we had Easter Breakfast with him one year). Frank was my next younger brother, and lived in Clearwater, close to St. Pete.

It turns out that both museums are about 30 miles from our house, and both have similar exhibits. We’ll hit the Tampa Art Museum a week from this coming Saturday.

On the way home we had to stop again to look for another full sized air mattress for the Futon and Bed Bath and beyond actually had them in stock. Everyone has queen size, but no one seemed to have full sized. Then the BW remembered she had a coupon for 20 per cent off at home, so we went home for the coupon and to let the dogs off. The air mattress she had was more than 8 years old and had developed a slow leak (low after a couple of days), so now we have a new one that’s 14 inches tall with a pillow top, and a new set of sheets to go with it. The $200 dollar matters only cost $160, and I have another form to get a $20 rebate because it cost more than $150. In the end, the mattress will cost $140 and the tax will be $11.20, so I paid $151.20 instead of $214. And I won’t hear about the leaking mattress any more. I’m glad she remembered the coupon.

We put 100 miles on the Camry today running around.

To finish the day off, I closed the books on our fiscal year and started our FY11 budget/Profit & Loss program. I screwed up copying a big block from FY10 to the FY11 December sheet (they are 12 sheet Excel programs) and spent an extra 40 minutes screwing around until I finally managed to straighten everything out, so we’re good for a month. Then next month we have a big budget meeting and figure out what gets less next year to pay for the things that get more (Medicare part B, Mailhandlers, etc.) We’ll see how it turns out this year.

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MRDPOLING 12/1/2010 5:53AM

    "We’ll hit the Tampa Art Museum a week from this coming Saturday."

Gee-Whiz! It sounds like you're going to rob the place! hehehehe! Um...You're not right? :)

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/30/2010 11:15PM

    I've had several 20% off BBB coupons, but haven't yet used any. Christmas is coming. Maybe I'll have to look into it.

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MS.ELENI 11/30/2010 10:15PM

    Sounds like you were busy but got alot done

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PMFISH 11/30/2010 10:00PM

    Sounds like you had a very enjoyable, very full day. Great when you can combine both with someone you care about.

Way to go!!


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Paperwork and Distractions

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I got up late, read the paper and had some coffee, then took the dogs for a walk. It was 52 degrees when we went out at 8 and only 56 when we came back at 9. The cold front is here again, and my thermometer doesn’t read the same as the weatherman’s promises. Sometimes it higher, and some times it’s lower.

I spent most of the day doing Kiwanis paperwork and calling guys. Some of the retirees want to get together at the Pier again, so I sent out an e-mail to see how many guys we can round up in December and what the date will be, before the big event in February.

The BW wants to visit both the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art, and I spent some time trying to figure out which of the locations in Tampa has the display she wants. I can handle St. Pete – it’s close enough to the Pier that I can drop her off, then park in one of the Pier parking lots and walk back. In Tampa it might be a little tougher because she doesn’t walk so well, but maybe there’s a way. In the limit we can just drive over there and see what we find. Sometimes you get a good surprise.

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MS.ELENI 11/29/2010 10:20PM

    The museums sound like fun. Have a good time

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/29/2010 3:54PM

    52 sounds balmy to me. It would melt the piles of snow, before we have to start piling them up again.

It sounds like you have a fun outing planned.

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MRDPOLING 11/28/2010 8:38PM

    52 at 8AM? We didn't get to 52 until about 4PM today and then it only lasted about an hour or so before beginning to drop once more. Ugh! I really hate winter and cold!!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/28/2010 7:58PM

    Hope you find some place that is close that she does not have to walk far. Enjoy your site seeing, emoticon

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Bad Surprise

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I waxed two cars today and found a blemish that needs to be fixed (piece of trim coming loose).

I have wanted to go back to J D's for hush puppies for a while, but it's so far away that it slows me down. Instead I took the BW to the Magnolia Grill at about 1:00. It's a small restaurant that serves great food, with a slant toward southern cooking. It's one of the few places you can get fried green tomatoes. It turned out they don't have hush puppies on the menu as a separate item, but the waiter talked to the chef and I got a Budweiser and six hush puppies, which suited me just fine. The normal order is only five hush puppies. The BW had a cup of tea and Key Lime pie, so when I was done I had a piece of pecan pie and a cup of coffee to keep her company.

Then we went to Ace Hardware for entertainment and bought a ton of stuff - my father once had a hardware store, and you can always find something you need in one. The longer you stay, the bigger your bill becomes. I just had a bag of popcorn, but the BW went wild.

When I came home and looked up pecan pie I got a shock - it reinforced the idea that you shouldn't order anything if you don't have some idea of what you're getting. Today's lunch totaled up to almost as much as the Thanksgiving dinner we had Thursday.

PS - We had mashed potatoes, turkey, peas, cranberry sauce, and bread for supper. I had a cup of turkey soup for breakfast. The soup was so thick that I had to carve a spoonful at a time out of the pot. I should have put it in plastic containers when it was cool, because it's not very easy to serve cold. In the end, I ate more today than I did Thursday.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/28/2010 10:55AM

    That is how we learn sometimes. It is called life and you learned a lesson. I know I can't have pecan pie because of my diabetes so knowing the calorie count really helps inforce that! Glad you had fun at the hardware store.

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MS.ELENI 11/28/2010 10:01AM

    Magnolia grill does have good food.I also like the green tomatoes and their hush puppies are awesome.Hard to find good ones. I am going to Ace today to get some of those white mint candies that melt in your mouth.I found them a few months ago and they are the best.Very strong mint flavor which I like.Did you go to the big Ace in Dunedin.
I am not a pecan pie eater but I did know it has about a zillion calories. LOL
You will work off those calories the way you stay busy. Enjoy your day

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JIMDAB 11/28/2010 9:57AM

    I had a shock like that regarding those flavored "cappuccino" coffees at the minimarts that I drank almost daily.. Thank goodness for food logging, eh? It is at least temporarily keeping me away from egg nog...

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/28/2010 8:18AM

    Ace Hardware for entertainment. haha! I've seen bumper stickers to that effect for Home Depot. Something about it being the adult's toy store. Most people make a list for the grocery store and stick to it for fear of a serious run on impulse buys. We have to do that for Home Depot. I never go in there unless I *NEED* something and try not to deviate. Most of the time I'm successful, sometimes I'm not. heh.

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MRDPOLING 11/28/2010 6:32AM

    LOL! As I was reading your blog and I got to the part about you ordering the Pecan Pie I cringed and wondered if you knew that is was the worst pie you could order. Then when I saw you found that out for yourself I nearly giggled 'cause I did exactly the same thing. Pecan Pie is one of my all time favorate pies but it is evil in ever meaning of the word! hehe!

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CJSARGENT1 11/27/2010 11:23PM

    Busy day

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