Tuesday, July 26, 2016

17 month update

A lot has happened.

1. I had another attack of diverticulitis which resulted in me being flat on my back for nearly 4 weeks.

2. While adding Foods back into my diet after the attack of diverticulitis I realized I was having real problem with wheat.

3. My doctor tested me for celiac disease and that has not come back yet but going on a gluten free diet has made huge improvements in my health overall.

4. Since the illness my weight dropped from 180 to 165 bringing me to a total of about 132 pounds lost so far. Size 12 is comfy now. I'm 5' 7.

5. I'm trying to drastically limit my stress. I had to find a home for the 9 month old German Shepherd puppy we were raising. She was just too strong for me to handle. We have one dog and one cat now. I feel like I just left an abusive relationship, as she was bruising me,  biting me and had broken my front tooth. Not her fault,  she was too strong for me.

6. I'm going to be starting seeing a counselor as of tonight trying to get my head around what my weight loss goals and body shape image problems are. Also to try to see what I need to do personally to keep my 16 year old autistic son from harming me.

There's more, I'll post a video but I know not everybody watches videos.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

It may kill me

Bears.
Ticks.
Getting lost.
Human predators.
Lightning.
Bears.

They all might kill me.

Or,  I might live on,  never having taken chances and, believe it or not,  I MIGHT still die.

Really does it matter how you die?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Practice hike

For the last 8 months I've been walking long stretches (5-7 miles) every day. I listen to a book on my Audible app. I've gone through a lot of books but the ones that I'm listening to right now are about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

I find that my life is so busy that I actually have a hard time staying focused on reading but listening to audiobooks gives me the ability to finish a book. It's also sort of like meditation.

As my walk has gotten longer and longer I've started running simply to try to shorten the amount of time that I'm out exercising. It's hard to devote two hours in the morning or anytime during the day to a workout.

After reading all of these books about hiking the Appalachian Trail I decided to do a little bit of hiking locally. I'm about a 150 miles away from the nearest entry point to the Appalachian Trail.

So I went out this weekend and a little bit last week and hiked a 1 mile trail at a local park. The pictures that I'm going to present are from that hike and from one that I did yesterday with my daughter.

I'm not sure why , but hiking is much more intense then straight out walking or my sloe jogging on local roads. And let me say that when I'm walking here in town I'm going up and down some very big hills. But something about hiking is different.

I only hiked 4 miles yesterday, but today I am sore in my legs and in my knees so I'm calling it a rest day even though I had a rest day three days ago. I put in over twenty thousand steps yesterday according to my Fitbit and I'm feeling it this morning.

The spring weather is on seasonably hot, hitting over 90 degrees yesterday. my right thigh is throbbing and my recent * broken elbow is hurting again.

The canopy of green that surrounded me at Lion's Park was amazing.  If not for the huge hill that one has to go down to get TO the park,  I'd be there right now.

It's a heavenly mile in the woods.  There's so much to see that the eye can't take it all in. I find that I'm focusing on my feet a lot and missing the forest.

The other trails at Boyce Park are less shaded and the path is rougher and skinnier, side to side. The paths there are crossed by other trails and it's easy to lose the path. We had to backtrack a couple of times.

Since I'm new to this,  and since it was 90 degrees and we each had only one 16 oz bottle of water, I didn't want to risk getting lost.

We stop by afterwards to get some dinner in a restaurant and while I was waiting for the waitress to come by I felt a tickle on my left arm. I looked over and it was a very small tick crawling along my arm. I was able to dispose of it and hopefully that will be the end of that.

I know that there are several things that we need to do to hike effectively:

We need to dress better to cover the skin to avoid ticks.

We need to take more water and if we take a granola bar we should not take ones that contain chocolate which made a very melty mess.

Although we had maps,  we need a compass and we need to learn how to use it effectively. It is silly to rely on a telephone when many areas do not have phone service even this little wooded area which is inside a large Metropolitan area. It would be very easy to get lost in a dead zone.

* I've been given clearance by my doctor to resume activity after breaking my radial head and my right arm. I'm not in a cast because this type of injury heals better if a person continues to extend their range of motion. If it is cast it can freeze up.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hacked Again. Advice? Nux Vomica? What is it?

We all know that stress can cause weight gain. I have had a boatload lately.

My checking account has been hacked twice in the last 2 months both times from Anonymous sources abroad. I'm learning little by little but I need to find a new way for paying for things online. And honestly I'm not going to go back to shopping at brick-and-mortar stores.

So I bought myself a new computer because my old computer would not allow the browser to upgrade to the most protected version. I had two computers that were old like that.

I also decided to start using my Banks bill pay feature because they use encryption that I can't duplicate here at home. And I went out and bought a better type of antivirus and put it on my phone and my computer.

I guess I kind of compare having to use antivirus to what guys must feel like when they have to wear a condom.

It gives me a little bit more security that I'm not going to have really horrible things happen after I am done, but it really changes the experience of being online into something it's more like work and a whole lot less pleasurable. I'm still going to do it I'm just not going to enjoy it very much.

Hello hope to God the whole time I'm doing it but my antivirus doesn't break and leave me vulnerable.

On a whole nother subject I tried a homeopathic remedy for my cold. I'd like everybody to watch out for this one. If you find a medicine that has the ingredient "nux vomica" in it and believe me this is in a lot of homeopathic medicines, you need to know to that ingredient is strychnine.

Yes I said strychnine. Rat poison.

The medicine that I took cleared my cold right up took away my stuffy nose and gave me vomiting and diarrhea for most of yesterday. Not what I would consider to be an adequate trade-off.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Butt

I'm not going to post any pictures, I'm sure everybody is thrilled by that statement. I am going to talk about my butt however.

I've lost a lot of weight. 125 pounds so far. The result of which has been an increase of Health, feeling better overall and the total loss of my butt.

Loose skin is strange but loose skin over bones is even stranger. When I go to sit down gravity pulls all of the loose skin that used to cover the fat on my butt down just to the point where my sitting bones are located.

When I sit down, no matter whether it's a cushy living room chair or stadium seating, my body crunches down on several inches of accordion pleated ass skin.

The resulting pinch always surprises me.  Sometimes,  if the chair is soft,  it takes about 45 seconds for the feeling of owie to take place.

I usually usually scoot around looking like I'm trying to dig a hole in the chair so that the skin is off to the front, back, left and right of my body instead of directly underneath my pelvic bones. This makes it look like I'm a dog with a bad case of round worms. I tried to do it while nobody's looking.

I have a neck pillow that I use while I'm driving. I sit on it.

The feeling of comfort lasts for about 32.5 seconds.

Would I change my current position for the former one of having plump, fat filled buttocks?

Not in this lifetime. I'd rather carry a butt pillow everywhere that I go then to carry my padding under the skin in the form of 125 pounds of fat

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Running in the rain

Yesterday I had to be out of town helping my high school senior prepare for college through a college orientation.

We did some walking on campus but it didn't rise to the level of true exercise.

So this morning I woke up to tons of rain, the reason that we didn't go camping this weekend was the projected rain and it certainly was falling in buckets.

I've gathered up some tried-and-true rain gear which is also doubled as snow gear during the colder months. I have a rain poncho from the Frogg Togg company. I also have a hat that I found at the thrift store which is a olive green hat with a turndown Brim which keeps the rain poncho from obscuring my side Vision. That's important because when crossing a road I want to be able to look behind me for traffic. Especially when its rainy sometimes I can't hear the sounds of the traffic.

I have 2 pair of shoes now to give time for each pair to dry out on a rainy day. One pair is a pair of Brooks which are really slightly too big for me and the other pair is a pair of Asics which fit nicely that are very well worn. They have two holes in each shoe, one at the top and one at the pinky toe.

I think I like running in the rain because it's a solitary Run for the most part. Very few dogs and very few people. I've taken to mostly going out without my glasses and the other day I had two frights when I thought I saw strange things but they turned out being other than what I thought.

At one point I thought I saw a baby stroller going up Cemetery Hill under its own Steam.

It was not a haunted stroller,  which would be terrifying,  it was a tom turkey in full plumage protecting his flock. There were three hens and two toms.

Later I  thought I saw a big dog walking slowly toward me,  turned out to be an octogenarian in a thick hoodie. 

I can now run for miles  at a slow loping pace. My breathing is relaxed and not labored.  My belly still flaps,  but I hold my abs tight.  I'm starting to see areas where the belly and torso fat dimples in to the firm muscles below.