Posted by Dave Lee on February 25, 2014
So, I figure I’ll share with you an interesting creation I came up with last night. It was nearing the end of the day and I was hungry. I’d had a pretty good day – started it by working out at the gym, followed by a decent breakfast at home, some healthy snacks throughout the day, and I found myself wondering what to do for dinner? There was pasta in the fridge, which is great and all, for breakfast, or even an early lunch, but Dr. Eeks doesn’t want me doing breads late, and isn’t all that crazy about pasta either.
So, I’m examining other options, and remembered how much Eeks digs baked potatoes – apparently these are great for losing weight! So I grab two potatoes, now I’ve got a vegetable, that’s great… what else? Cheese and butter for the potato, that’s good… but what else? I want something proteiny, but I’m not really seeing what would work. I’d had greek yogurt with fruit earlier in the day. I went to the cupboard to have a look and found tuna.
I used to hate tuna. For some reason, before I lost weight, I could not choke down tuna to save my life. Raw tuna? Absolutely. Tuna steak? Sure. Canned? Oh hell no. Just the smell of the can opening would make my stomach turn. For some reason, within the past few years, I’ve found myself able to eat tuna, canned or not.
Granted, I’m not a straight out of the can man, and still don’t like the smell that opening said can brings, but I simply turn my nose off when I have to open a can, and I can doctor is so that it tastes just fine – take last night, fr’instance– I mixed a can of tuna with a little olive oil, salt, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (the sauce is the boss!) and it was great!
While I was eating, I came up with an interesting idea… I didn’t know what to serve the tuna on – I’d had bread already yesterday, and didn’t want any more. Next to the tuna was two (microwave) baked potatoes with cheese! Made me think of a tuna patty melt. I got a little adventurous and tried the tuna with the cheesy baked potato – excellent! A tuna potato melt! Nothing but good stuff!
As it turns out, this is not an original thought! I plugged Tuna Potato Melt into Google and come up with tons of material! Most of them recommend using potato wedges, but I fail to see why that’s a must. In fact, I could even see a version Shepherd’s Pie coming out of this! Just think, “Fisherman’s Pie”!
Posted by Dave Lee on February 19, 2014
I’m not sure why, but I’ve had a hell of a time reblogging this one! I tried twice already today and nothing showed up on the blog. Have been working on troubleshooting the issue. Haven’t figured out what the problem is, but did manage to get it to show up this time!
So, I’ve heard a lot about green tea and the popular opinion that it aids in weight loss, I’ve even seen Green Tea supplements advertised as helpful with losing weight. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it certainly won’t hurt to have a cup or two a day, so I’m going to work on doing that. Don’t see how it can hurt. If you have any reason to worry about androgens, though – say, for example, you have an adrenal insufficiency, or Addison’s , you might not want to mess around with green tea. Otherwise, should be fine!
Originally posted on Cheska's :
Green tea has quickly become an essential part of my day.
I first started trying to lose weight and going to the gym back in June 2013. At first I was getting results pretty fast as my lifestyle changed dramatically, for the better of course! I lost 7lbs in around 1-2 months. However, after losing the first 7lbs my body seemed to want to stay at the weight it was no matter what I did, I was not impressed! So I did a little research into natural things that can aid weight loss. This was when I came across green tea. It claimed to be high in anti-oxidants and a natural way to lose weight. I didn’t have high hopes as I was a bit sceptical about a drink aiding weight loss success. Never the less I gave it a go and religiously drank 4 cups a day. To my amazement…
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Posted by Dave Lee on February 19, 2014
This actually reminds me of a product that a friend of mine sells, skinny wraps. I don’t know if caffeine and algae are the key ingredients for skinny wraps, but I seem to recall that they claim to speed up your metabolism and creating a slimmer appearance, and I seem to recall it takes about the same amount of time. Still… 85 bucks for a tank top that will be “useless” in 20 washes – really, I’m guessing it’s useless after 10 or 15 washes, it just keeps traces of the ingredients for those last few washes.
Posted by Dave Lee on February 18, 2014
This one’s short and sweet and it’s subject is a favorite topic of mine – changes! All those great changes you’ve noticed since you started losing weight – though this one also focuses on how those changes make her (the author) feel and how she feels about reaching her goals.
I’m working on another Ch-Ch-Changes! article (keep those eyes peeled, it’ll get here) and will try to make sure I cover how the changes make me feel as well.
As for reaching my goals – Hey! I still have a long way off! Ultimately, I want to try my hand at losing a total of 400 pounds. I know – not bloody likely, but who cares? I WILL get to a healthy weight, I WILL get below 250, and I WILL see 200 pounds. Whether or not I see 160 isn’t important and can very well just be a lifetime goal for me. But I have a feeling I’ll see 250 soon.
Originally posted on The Life Of Lana:
All my t-shirts and tops hang like they should on me. My legs are getting toned now and today they are sore lol. I feel really good about my body and the fact that I have lost so much weight I never thought would ever happen to me. I am also proud to say that…
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Posted by Dave Lee on February 18, 2014
What’s that mean? It’s Latin for “Never Let the Bastards Get You Down!” That’s some of the best weight-loss advice I can ever give – you go to the hospital and they treat you like scum? Screw them! Make them do their jobs anyway. Starting an exercise program and getting criticism that you’re not doing enough? Well, are you doing more than you used to do? Is it having an affect? Then SCREW ‘EM! This is part of what I mean by running your own race.
Most of them know very little of what you’re going through, and they are usually doing what they think is best to “help you”. You may notice, after you’ve made some progress and have healthily managed to get some weight off of you, that these same people are singing your praises – that’s what I mean, they were trying to be helpful before, they just didn’t know how. That’s something you can appreciate, if you want to, just don’t let them get you down.
Example: I can’t tell you how many people implored me to go the bariatric surgery route, but because I didn’t, and managed – with some amazing help from Dr. Eeks – to shed my weight naturally, they congratulate me and tell me how glad they are that I didn’t take that dangerous, nasty, lazy, easy-way-out route of bariatric surgery! (Must resist urge to punch face!) The funny thing is that once upon a time, I committed to having that very surgery – I’d tried and tried and tried and I just couldn’t manage to lose any weight, couldn’t manage to do more than maintain the weight I had on me, which still fluctuated and threatened, at time, to break my previous “record”. And everywhere I went I heard it was my fault. One of my favorites that I heard more and more over the years was how I just hadn’t “hit that point” yet, and that until I do, I’ll never lose weight BECAUSE I DON’T REALLY WANT TO YET! Rotten bastards!
Even now I hear people asking what happened when I started losing weight that made the difference – I started working with Eeks. Yeah – they go on – but I mean, what HAPPENED?? Something had to happen to make you WANT to do that! Yeah, hit that point years before, didn’t do me a whole lot of good. I needed someone that knew how hundreds of pounds get lost, someone who could teach me.
And all those years listening to how it was my fault, I was just too lazy, I just didn’t want it bad enough, I just didn’t have the drive or the commitment, and I finally reached the breaking point where I couldn’t hear it any more – the only workable option that I could see was the surgery and I was sick of trying anymore. I let them get me down. By some miracle, Eeks was waiting around a corner to pick me back up, for which I will be forever grateful.
When it comes right down to it, it’s your race, and no one can run it for you. Doesn’t mean no one can help, Eeks helped me, but she couldn’t run my race for me, either. I had to do that part myself, so I did, and I am. You can do it too. Your friends and loved ones that have hundreds of pounds ahead of them can as well.
In other news, this site suddenly has received some instant popularity. I think the most views I ever had on this page on any given day was around a hundred. Yesterday we had over 1100. Yikes! Well shoot, you folks keep on coming and I’ll keep on writing. Paid a visit to the new gym I joined, both last night and this morning. Took advantage of their classes both times – last night it was pilates – I’ll tell you, that crap’s no joke! I hurt myself within ten minutes of the class! We were doing some form of crunch exercise, where we keep a large ring between our hands and press in on it while crunching. Well, my ring slipped in either mid-raise or lower, can’t remember, and I had pain going through my shoulder. It was bad, too – I was worried I tore something.
Interesting thing about that – I’ve gotten hurt during workouts before – sometimes I stop all together, sometimes I work on another area of my body if I can get away with it. This time I slowly concentrated on the area that was hurting and rubbed it a bit, only to find out it didn’t really hurt – apparently I’d managed to sprain a few muscles in my upper back, which are connected to the shoulder, so the pain was coming from there, but manifesting, mostly in the shoulder itself. The odd part was that just by rubbing it and stretching it lightly, I was able to work out the majority of the pain and go back to the workout without even switching up body parts! I mention it because I see this as a hell of a lot of progress.
I even went back this morning, still a little tender in the upper back area, but got on the treadmill for a 35 minute mile and a half, then attended a full yoga class, which is also not easy at all, but I felt like it was very worth it – the work we were doing didn’t even have me close to breathing heavy, but damn was a I rockin’ a good sweat!
Posted by Dave Lee on February 18, 2014
Something I find myself thinking about all the time!
Originally posted on 2 Fat Nerds:
As some of you who are regular readers may have seen, my activity level since September has been pretty stagnant. After the Triathlon in the summer, I took a decent amount of time off. Since then I’ve been battling some lingering health annoyances which has delayed my glorious return to the top of the AFP charts. But the real problem is this: I am still eating like I am training for a triathlon. I am not training for a Triathlon.
I think this is probably a pretty common reason why people gain weight back. They…
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Posted by Dave Lee on February 17, 2014
Food for Thought…
Originally posted on A.D.A.M.:
The United States and Mexico are now effectively tied for a top spot nobody really wants — most obese in the developed world.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), both populations are edging the 70 percent mark for citizens who are considered overweight or obese.
Posted by Dave Lee on February 17, 2014
In the second part, I switch off from the crappy choices I’d already focused on in the first half, and switch to something more personal and embarrassing that involves a lot of crappy choices. Thankfully, since the time that I wrote this article, I have had a lot less problems with candidaisis.
I was presented with a lot of bad choices over the course of a couple of days, but I dealt with them by making, for the most part, the best choices I could. Today, I was faced with another. I won’t go into much detail about the problem itself, if you want to look it up for more information, you go right ahead, but don’t even ask for pictures of my candida rash. It’s a long-standing problem I’ve had for several years. It can be very difficult and painful to walk, and it’s not fun to treat, either. It was so painful last night, I couldn’t even consider sleeping, showering, walking, etc… When I did have to walk, I was hobbling.
Before this event, I used two things to treat the issue – Zinc Oxide, which I typically purchased from a one of the big “Marts”, and… hold on to your socks – douche wipes. Yes, feminine hygiene wipes! Those “flushable” things the ladies use to clean up their ladyparts when “Aunt Flo” has come to visit. Cringing yet? Sorry, but these are what work, and considering that there was really no one to talk to about all of this, you don’t even want to imagine how long I went on trying to find things that worked. It was a couple of years before I discovered the douche wipes would work. A friend of mine suggested Zinc Oxide because it works so well on diaper rashes.
A few years back, the Zinc Oxide I was purchasing became unavailable, not only with the retailer from which I normally purchased it, but anyway. The company stopped making it. This doesn’t seem like too hard a thing, does it? Just get different Zinc Oxide! Apparently Zinc Oxide is a bit like a fingerprint, no two are exactly the same. This company’s Zinc Oxide might be pink and gritty, while this one looks like you’re spreading Crisco on your skin, and this one over here is pure white and creamy.
Those aren’t the only differences, either. Some of the products I’ve experimented with made things worse. One of the pink Zincs will make the rash worse in no time. At the point that this article was written, I still hadn’t found a good Zinc I could rely on and the rash had escalated so badly, so quickly, that cleaning it up was going to be murder.
So on this night, I was faced with the question: “what the hell do I do with this?” I could jump in the shower and scrub at it. That cleans it, but it feels like I’m ripping my skin apart and has produced some bleeding on more than one occasion. Bleeding is bad since this can easily turn into a big infection. What’s more, while it cleans it, for the moment, if the problem doesn’t gets fixed (say with some good Zinc Oxide) the affected areas will weep and it’ll just get bad in no time fast again.
Once it is cleaned and treated as properly as I can make it, I still hobble because of the pain – my skin is still irritated and is making me aware as it can of the situation. When I first wrote this, there was a lot I wasn’t mentioning. It’s still a pretty embarrassing subject, and frankly, I’d prefer not to talk about it at all, but it’s a big enough part of my life and my weight (because lets face it, most of what allows it to continue unabated is my weight), that I don’t feel I can hide it, not while claiming brutal honesty on this blog. What’s more, the people that can benefit the most from this blog are people that have hundreds of pounds to lose. Chances are that most of them go through this or something like it.
So, I couldn’t get to sleep, and whether I tried to clean it in the shower, or with some wipes (which is very difficult, because this infection spreads to areas that I have a lot of difficulty reaching) it was going to be highly painful. I finally decided, after some debate, to go to the ER. The pain was driving me nuts and the anticipated pain that would be involved in cleaning was worse. Plus, since I’ve never even had a doctor properly explain to me what it is that I have (the closest I ever got was “it’s a heat rash. What do you expect?) I’ve really had to figure it out on my own and it’s been a long slow process, figuring out what works, what doesn’t, and among the things that work, which work best? I would like to point out that I have not shown this to my current doctor or the doctor I was seeing when I wrote this (the one that dumped me). I’d already shown it to my previous doctors and told a few more about it, and I didn’t want to deal with another doctor just looking at me and shrugging. I’d like to think he wouldn’t do that, but I would have liked to think that my previous doctor would have at least had the decency to tell me he was no longer doing to treat me, instead of keeping it quiet and letting me find out on my own. And frankly, I’d had higher hopes for previous Doctors. That said, I did tell both my previous doctor, and my current doc, Dr. Jess, about it, and how I was taking care of it. That seemed to satisfy any curiosity they might have had about.)
Well, as it turns out, going to the ER may have been the worst decision I’d made all week. For one thing, they certainly didn’t think it was an emergency situation. So I was in pain. They didn’t seem to care, and at the time, being so used to being looked down upon by medical professionals, I wasn’t blaming them.
But, you know, I let them know, up front, that I wasn’t worried about being seen right away, I could wait until they had time to take a look at me. They insisted they had a room waiting for me right then, so back I went. I was in and out and it couldn’t have taken more than ten minutes. Man, people would kill to get the kind of swift service that I got last night, well… at the very least they want the swift part… the rest, maybe not so much.
The nurse came in, looked at it, admitted it looked really bad, then asked why I didn’t go to my Doctor instead of the ER. I’ll have to talk to him about that – I didn’t know he kept office hours until midnight (sarcasm – he doesn’t). So it was suggested I should have just waited, and she said “don’t take it personally” to the person suffering from depression that just asked the triage nurse what they do with you if you tell them you’re thinking about harming yourself (she had asked if I was and at that point carving the affected flesh right off my body didn’t sound like such a bad idea – but I wasn’t interested in the 3 day mental eval so I passed on that answer). She assured me the doctor will tell me the exact same thing. I believed her too. Apparently cleaning an ER room before ushering in the next patient is no longer standard practice at this hospital. I started to understand, especially as the Doctor came and left, that I was a rush job. Rush him in, rush him out.
Part of this appears to be because they thought I was a selfpay. The last time I was there I didn’t have Medicaid. I had CharityCare, but that won’t pay the doctor’s bill, just the basic hospital bill. What didn’t help is that I saw the nurse and the doctor before I ever saw the registrar! I was on my way out the door when she stopped me to get my information, and she was quite surprised when I handed her my Medicaid card. I told her to tell the condescending Doctor (there were a number of comments about my weight, and how if it really bothered me, I would have lost the weight by now – and this is AWFULLY funny to read a year or so later) thanks a lot for the “Medical Don’t Care”.
In the end, I had to grit my teeth and try to clean up with some wipes. It hurt like a son of a bitch, but it was better than scrubbing at it in the shower. They did give me a soothing aloe spray at the ER that did at least help to ebb the pain, and today (give or take a few years) I cleaned up again, with a little less pain this time. I thought I’d open up another tube of the ointment (Zinc Oxide) that I normally apply to it. This was a brand I hadn’t tried yet, which I had gotten at a drugstore. It’s still not as good as the stuff I used to get, but it doesn’t feel like it’s making things worse, like some of them, either.
It’s been probably two years since this incident, and you know, I still haven’t found a good reliable brand of Zinc Oxide I can depend on, but I’ve found a few that work ok, and have identified that ones that just don’t. The wipes are still working fabulously and I managed to find out that I can purchase those aloe sprays, like what I was given at the ER that night, at any medical supply store. That spray really helps a lot with soothing the areas and it helps to keep the area from acting up as badly again. Combine that with a layer of the Zinc after cleaning the area and the problem is usually squelched!
Well, I wish you the best of luck in the choices you have to make. If you can say that you only occasionally make poor choices, and that you’re only occasionally stuck with poor choices, especially if most of those poor choices are because of everything else, and not so much because of your own poor decisions, then you’re doing alright in the world. But when it comes to weight loss, you still want to make as MANY good choices as you can – don’t forget, Grace, Courage, Wisdom!
Posted by Dave Lee on February 17, 2014
There’s some good stuff in here, I really like this! I completely agree with the first item – I’ve been working on increasing my own water intake. The second item is something that I adamantly won’t do for right now, even though it might help down the line, but when the time comes, I’ll learn how to keep count of calories, for right now, I STILL really don’t need to. At my weight, height, age and activity level, it would require a little over 3200 calories a day for me to maintain the current weight I have. As long as I’m taking in less than that, and increasing the amount of my daily activity, I’ll be just fine for a while. As for tracking my eating patterns and making changes, just tracking what it is that I’m actually eating lets me do that. I give a general idea of amounts as I see it is needed, but I’m not worrying about calories right now.
Everything else on the list is great, so check it out!
Originally posted on Stopbrice's Blog:
Not just the Army’s unofficial motto, water plays a crucial part in losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Burning calories requires a healthy supply of water in order to function efficiently; dehydration slows down the fat-burning process, so drink up!
- Burning calories creates toxins (think of the exhaust coming out of your car), and water plays a vital role in flushing them out of your body.
- Drinking warm lemon water helps with digestion and drinking lemon water everyday can reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemons contain pectin fiber which helps control hunger cravings.
2. If it hits your lips, it counts. (calorie counting)
This was my personal turn around point. I started with one day counting my calories. I thought I would end somewhere between 2,000-3,000 calories. I was eating almost double the calories without even knowing it.
- There are many calorie counters available online, but I…
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Posted by Dave Lee on February 16, 2014