The Musings of an Idle Mind

Things that go 'Bump' in my head

Happy Memorial Day
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I am a veteran of 20+ years of naval service. My dad died on his submarine before I ever knew him - he served in WWII and during the Korean War. My step-dad was another navy man, 26 years. He retired while I was in boot camp. I had an uncle who was a paratrooper when he died. Three cousins in submarines. My brother, William, did 25 years in the Army. Two tours in Nam, one in Korea, one in Germany... those are the highlights.

Unlike my brother and my father, I was never shot at, even when in a war zone. The closest I came to that sort of terror was when they sounded the collision alarm and announced "FLOODING IN THE MISSILE COMPARTMENT!" and I ran to dog a watertight door between ops and missile middle level... there was a waterfall on the other side of the door, and I feared for my life. I lived. (That door was shut, tight!)

For all the departed who served, stand down. Your countries are grateful. Rest easy.
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WEEK 13
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I weigh about 251 pounds. My BMI is around 39.4 I lost 2.4 pounds this week, 90 pounds to go.

My average fasting glucose level was 90 mg/dL (Yay!)

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 43.9 grams. Average calories were 2386 versus an average BMR of 2774 calories.

I managed to pick up the exercise pace to 3.25 miles per day, starting last Saturday. Then I missed Wednesday and Thursday due to babysitting and weather, respectively. Today was 2.43 miles.

Despite renewed commitment to the Atkins diet and exercise regime, I still suffer from a deplorable lack of willpower (or won't power) when there are snacks ready to hand. The solution may seem simple and obvious, but it isn't. If I get the munchies after work, and there are no snacks available, well, there's a Subway less than two miles away, open all night.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading lower than last week, down £2.40, for a total decline of £40.60 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "None of your business! Jeez..."


Footnotes

  1. There are no footnotes this week.

Family
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My niece, Alicia, is now the vocalist for an Atlanta based party and cover band, the Jason Holland 7. Members Stephen Jones, Alicia Jordan, Mike Zevitas, Ralph Crabtree, Jason Holland. (I know—that doesn't add up to seven.)

"We play a wide variety of hits from all genres but tend towards pop and rock."

I am proud and pleased. She's successful in every way, including choosing her own path.
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WEEK 12
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I weigh about 253 pounds. My BMI is around 40 I lost 6.6 pounds this week. 92 pounds to go.

My average fasting glucose level was 110 mg/dL.

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 33.0 grams. Average calories were 1881 versus an average BMR of 2669 calories. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, my weight should have changed 1.5 pounds since last Friday. This is the last time I mention "Basal Metabolism Theory." I must be doing something wrong, because my weight losses (and gains) never, ever match what the calculations say they should.

I exercised for 91.8 minutes this past week, including riding 17.01 miles on my bicycle1. That should have moved me out of the sedentary category, at least, but I'm not sure what category it puts me in.

In addition to posting in my LiveJournal, I'm going to cross-post this to Facebook2. The difference is, in a week I'll delete it from FB, but I never delete anything from LJ. I probably should rethink that before I die, but for now? That's the way I roll.

The best thing about this week is that by returning to Atkins and dieting, I have nothing to whine about.

I love this week's "Fat Market Report." I've been just dying (well, dieting) to post it:

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than last week, down £6.60, for a total decline of £38.20 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "No."


Footnotes

  1. mapmyride.com I record every bike ride on this site. All of them. They have their own calculators that tell me, for example, that I burned 164 Kcal riding 2.43 miles in 14 minutes and 54 seconds. Maybe I should add a column for that in my spreadsheets.
  2. My facebook page

WEEK 11.3 (eleven and two sevenths)
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I weigh about 257 pounds. My BMI is around 40 I lost 2.6 pounds so far this week.

My average fasting glucose level is down to 119 mg/dL.

I've exercised for 45.9 minutes so far, including riding 4.86 miles on my bicycle (two 2.43 mile routes, about 16 minutes each.)

Carbs and calories on Sunday and Monday were completely within guidelines. Today, Mother's Day in the U.S.of A., I took my daughter (a mother of four) to lunch at Applebee's1. I had their 9 ounce Bourbon Street Steak (with red potatoes, on a sizzling skillet) and the dotter had there sizzling bourbon street chicken and shrimp. She ate one shrimplette, to confirm that she can't stand seafood, and gave the rest to me. I gave her a chunk of steak to keep my carbs and calories balanced. For the record, shrimp are not my favorites, neither. I ate them for the Omega-3s. Besides, they were tiny, about the size of a Canadian quarter (only thicker.) Afterwards, we shopped at WalMart2.


Footnotes

  1. Applebee's
    11900 Iron Bridge Plaza
    Chester, VA 23831
    Open today, 11:00 am – 12:00 am
    applebees.com
    (804) 778-4722
  2. Walmart Supercenter
    12000 Iron Bridge Rd
    Chester, VA 23831
    Open today, 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
    walmart.com
    (804) 768-0060

WEEK 11
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I weigh about 260 pounds. My BMI is around 41 I gained 4.8 pounds this week, making it back all the way up to 99 pounds to go.

My average fasting glucose level was 134 mg/dL.

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 141.5 grams. Average calories were 3750 versus an average BMR of 2508 calories. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, my weight should have changed 2.5 pounds since last Friday.

From the carbs and calories reported, it should be obvious that there was no dieting this week, nor last, nor any adherence to the lifestyle. There was only gluttony and self indulgence

Neither of those things are strange to me. That, after all, was my old lifestyle. The lifestyle that made me weigh 400 pounds and gave me a heart attack. But those aren't the most frightening indicators in this data—that would be the average of my fasting blood glucose, one hundred thirty-four1. One of the great delights of my life this past year was being informed that I had controlled my blood glucose and was no longer diabetic or prediabetic. Yet here I am.

Screw the lifestyle. I am back on the diet. I am back on 2,000 Mg/day of Metformin. I'm not doing daily reports again, for now, but if that's what it takes... As for whining? I have not yet begun to whine!

Here now the pseudo news:

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than last week, up £4.80, for a total decline of £31.60 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "I think one of the major results of the psychology of decision making is that people’s attitudes and feelings about losses and gains are really not symmetric. So we really feel more pain when we lose $10,000 than we feel pleasure when we get $10,000."


Footnotes

  1. What are normal blood glucose levels?

WEEK 10
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I weigh about 255 pounds. My BMI is around 39.6 I lost .6 pounds this week. 94 pounds to go.

My average fasting glucose level was 102 mg/dL.

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 48.8 grams. Average calories were 2494 versus an average BMR of 2471 calories. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have lost -0.1 pounds since last Friday.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than last week, down £0.60, for a total decline of £36.40 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses."

In reviewing the previous nine weeks, one thing stands out—I need to quit finding excuses for all the departures, indiscretions, lapses, and relapses from the "healthy eating lifestyle" and just live it. This week's weekly dinner out was a return to LoneStar, where I had my habitual Cajun Ribeye, and again managed to not order a Texas Rose/Bloomin' Onion. My sides were green beans and steamed broccoli. And I didn't pork out on snacks that night. It can be done, though better would have been to cut it in half, eat the green beans and bring the rest home for another meal.

I've been a whiner for ten weeks. It's time to stop. Instead of complaining about being stuck in the two-fifties, I need to recapture that time last year when I bitched about the two-forties. And when I do, I need to shut up and get through it. Enough about that.

One of my complaints to my doctor was that since she cut my dosage of Metformin1 in half, I'd stopped losing weight. Well, she gave me permission to double back up. It did not affect the weight loss, or all my diet disasters hid the effects. Ergo, back to my previously scheduled dosage.

So, how did I know to ask about Metformin? Obviously, I am a curious individual concerned with every and any thing that goes in my mouth, right? Yeah, I didn't buy that, either. The cause of my curiosity dates to the publication of a webcomic2, in fact, a particular story arc3. For any non-webcomic-fan, one of a group of close friends and family-of-choice is a registered nurse, and recognizes a bottle of Metformin by the shape and markings on the pills. (She is also a diabetic.) She can't believe the prescribed dosage is double the maximum permitted. There follow actions, medical mostly, that reveal that the doctor is trying to kill the patient by Metformin OD which causes Pernicious Anemia which can be mis-diagnosed as leukemia... which is what the patient is being treated for. Oh, when I doubled my dosage, I started taking B-12 capsules, also as a result of said story arc.


Footnotes

  1. Is Metformin Effective for Weight Loss? - Medscape
  2. Too Much Information by AndyO!
  3. SetBackStory - "Bad Medicine"
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WEEK 9
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I weigh about 256 pounds. My BMI is around 40.2 I gained 3.6 pounds this week, making my target weight still once again 95 pounds away.

My average fasting glucose level was 113 mg/dL.

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 98.0 grams. Average calories were 2950 versus an average BMR of 2492 calories. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have gained just 0.9 pounds since last Friday. I suppose we have established that the theory is unproven, but it still seams a decent guide.

This was not the first week to contain deviations from the lifestyle I so want to be mine. It may have been the most prolonged for some time. It included eating an entire rotisserie chicken1 with a side of a family serving of macaroni and cheese2, but the desserts (this was spread over two meals) were cakes3,4. To be honest, it started with a small bag of hot potato wedges consumed on the way to work.

“But wait!” says the TV Huckster, “There’s more!” I didn’t mention starting the day with Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls5 instead of the usual Atkins Scramble, but I did that, too. In fact, the digression started the day before the chicken dinner, and included eating a whole bag of pepperonis6 and a side of bacon7 (the entire package), and progressed to my favorite sandwich at Subway8. I finished off my essay of the sin of gluttony by taking Jennifer9 to the Food Court at Southpark Mall10 for Bourbon Chicken on rics noodles with a side of black pepper beef.<

Let’s just write this week off as a “gone-to-hell-week,” shall we?

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than last week, up £3.60, for a total decline of £35.80 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "In the game of life, it’s a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season."


Footnotes

  1. Food Lion 2.5 Lb. Rotisserie Chicken served hot from their deli.
  2. Bob Evans Oven Bake Macaroni and Cheese
  3. Carrot cake from the Food Lion deli/bakery. I couldn't find the product on their site, just recipes for making your own. You know what carrot cake looks like? It looked like that.
  4. Chocolate fudge cake from the Food Lion deli/bakery. Same as the carrot cake. No pictures, but it was delicious and un-regrettable.
  5. Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bowl from Jimmy Dean
  6. Hormel Pepperoni - specifically, the Pizza Solution Original Pillow Pack. More than five servings.
  7. Oscar Meyer Bacon - just 71 grams. How bad could it be?
  8. Subway - If I'm eating at Subway, it's always the foot-long double-meat B.M.T. on Italian bread with Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, a shake or two of black pepper and a sprinkle of oil. Sometimes I ask them to hide one (1) jalapeno pepper in it somewhere.
  9. Jennifer, as previously mentioned, is my darling daughter and weekly dinner companion (because nobody likes to dine out alone, right?)
  10. Southpark Mall at Colonial Heights, Virginia
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WEEK 8
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I weigh about 252 pounds. My BMI is around 39.6 I gained .8 pounds this week. 91 pounds to go.

My average fasting glucose level was 105 mg/dL.

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 43.3 grams. Average calories were 2431 versus an average BMR of 2465 calories. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have lost 0.1 pounds since last Friday.

After eight weeks of doubled doses of Metformin, the glucophage my doctor continued to prescribe at the 1000 mg/day level, I believe I can concede that the reduction from 2000 mg/day was not the reason for my cessation of weight loss. More than likely, it is simply my sedentary1 lifestyle.

The problem is complex and manifold. My exercise of choice is bicycle riding. Until recently, the weather was not clement for that activity. More recently, I'm a fat, lazy old man who needs a kick in the keister2. I should be out there pedaling right now instead of typing this. My only excuse is a case of bronchitis picked up from a coworker. But that only excuses the last four days.

Be that as it may, it's time once again for the Fat Market Report:

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than last week, up £0.80, for a total decline of £39.40 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Everything’s not going to go perfect. You’re going to have some losses that you’re going to have to bounce back from and some things that are a little unforeseen that you’re going to have to deal with."


Footnotes

  1. sed·en·tar·y - adjective (of a person) tending to spend much time seated; somewhat inactive.
    synonyms: sitting, seated, desk-bound, stationary, fat lazy couch potato;
    antonyms: active
    (of work or a way of life) characterized by much sitting and little physical exercise.
  2. keis·ter - noun NORTH AMERICAN informal
    noun: keester
    1. a person's buttocks.
    2. (dated) a suitcase, bag, or box for carrying possessions or merchandise.
    example: "That Jordan guy is one satchel-assed geezer who needs a foot up his keister."
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Week 7
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I weigh about 251 pounds. My BMI is around 39.2 I lost 5.8 pounds this week. 90 pounds to go.

My average fasting glucose level was 119 mg/dL.

The average carbohydrates for the past week were 52.4 grams. Average calories were 2633 versus an average BMR of 2455 calories. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have gained 0.4 pounds since last Friday.

What it isn't is Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous1. I am neither rich nor famous. However, I do enjoy dining with my daughter once every week. This week's sins were committed mainly at Five Guys Burgers and Fries2, where I had one cheeseburger3 and one order of Cajun fries4.

The only other incident of note to the lifestyle is that, due to the disruption of my routine caused by annual In Service Training, I neither weighed myself daily nor tested my blood sugar until this morning, for the official weekly weigh-in. Moreover, the scale5 was moved around and ever-so-slightly relocated, which resulted in wild variations in weight when I was repositioning it. Any weight I report should probably be followed with "±5 pounds." On the other hand, the reviews on Amazon6 explain why my scales are (apparently) off.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than last week, down £5.80, for a total decline of £40.20 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left."


Footnotes

  1. The show was largely intended to be an insight into the opulent residences and the glamorous lifestyles of those it profiled. However, many of the geographic areas it covered were ideal destinations for vacations, and in his on-camera appearances, Leach indirectly made references to resorts and tourist attractions. - Wikipedia. The tie-in is that, like Robin Leach and narrator David Greenspan, I have a tendancy to mention restaurants and other locations where I have taken on extra carbs and calories in delicious variety.
  2. The Five Guys at Westchester Commons, 15523 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113, Phone: 804-378-5466. Hours: 11am-10pm Every Day. There's another store closer to home, in Colonial Heights, VA, but the daughter and I were out in Powhatan buying a headboard for her bed (Craigslist in action).
  3. Also from Wiki, "The Five Guys menu is centered on hamburgers offered with American cheese or bacon, kosher style hot dogs, grilled cheese and vegetable sandwiches. Five Guys uses buns that are sweeter and "eggier" than normal buns." and "Men's Health magazine stated on their web site that Five Guys' meals are generally considered unhealthy. They state that a standard double patty burger, for example, contains 700 calories and 20 grams of saturated fat." And so very, very delicious.
  4. More Wiki: "French fries are the sole side item, available salted only in 'Five Guys style' or seasoned 'Cajun style'." And under Criticism: Men's Health also rated Five Guys' french fries as some of the most unhealthy food in America, saying that a standard large order of fries contains almost 1,500 calories. The Center for Science in the Public Interest placed Five Guys' bacon cheeseburger, which it claims contains 920 calories, among its 2010 list of most unhealthy meals available at U.S. chain restaurants. In 2015, the Five Guys site states that a bacon cheeseburger contains 930 calories and a large order of fries contains 1314 calories." The reason a Five Guys order of fries has so many more carbs and calories than, for example, McDonalds or Wendy's or Burger King is that there are so many more fries in a Five Guys order, owing to a phenominum called "bag fries." Bag fries are the fries that fall out of the serving container into the bag. Typically, a Five Guys order of fries has two thirds of the fries as bag fries, and the serving container is still full "to overflowing." One order of FG Fries is like three supersized Micky D's orders, at least.
  5. Taylor 7517 Glass Electronic Scale
  6. Some Amazon.com reviews about Taylor Glass Digital Electronic Scales...
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