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  • Experiments in Volume Reduction

    Sunday Morning Data (repost):

    BOH (inches):
    Starting value: 1.8
    Last week's value: 0.9
    This week's value: 0.9

    Weight (lbs):
    Starting value: 226
    Last week's value: 213
    This week's value: 215

    My journal was deleted yesterday by admin, so I am starting again.

    To recap the intro: Male, 50. Got older & more sedentary. Gained weight. Maxed out at 250+ lbs. Current goal is to lose the belly overhang. Tracking weight and BOH weekly - typically on Sunday morning, before breakfast.

    BOH is something I made up. Belly OverHang = (circumference at belly - circumference below belly)/pi
    Units are inches.
    Last edited by ekba09; 12-02-2015, 07:45 PM.
    https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

  • #2
    Boo hiss. I lost the radish stuffed bok choy instructions you so kindly shared. I remember that it's a variation on turnip cake made from daikon radish (a staple in our house) and leek. Seasonings? Steaming time?

    Any chance of getting your journal back or was it a case of too bad so sad?


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    • #3
      It's too bad so sad on the old journal.

      Seasoning in the radish thing was just salt and white pepper. I guess the chopped shrimp could count as seasoning (or some kind of pork or mushrooms as options). Steam for 30-45 minutes.
      https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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      • #4
        It has been 6 months since I started my (original) journal. So I thought I would summarize my progress, which experiments have worked, which have not, and which are inconclusive.

        I have been able to cut the belly overhang in half, from 1.8 inches to 0.9 inches. It is still a potbelly, but there is definite progress. Clothes fit better. Some pants try to fall down. I had to buy new, smaller belts.

        My weight dropped from 226 to 213 (if I ignore Thanksgiving). According to my doctor - this makes me overweight, and no longer obese. That is completely arbitrary, but nice anyway.

        Looking at my notes, I have moved my metrics when I have eaten either low carb (ave 50 gms/day) or high carb low fat (ave 10% fat).

        The biggest correlation with weight loss is whether I am home or traveling. I have lost 13 lbs during the 15 weeks I have been home, and I am neutral weight during the 11 weeks I have travelled (either for work or vacation).

        Based on the data I have, I do not see any correlation with exercise level, or probiotic use, or prebiotic consumption. There has not been a great deal of variation in exercise level to really see an effect.

        Going forward, I plan to track some things more closely, including sleep and alcohol consumption. And I will try to make a significant change in exercise to try to see an effect.
        Last edited by ekba09; 12-01-2015, 04:36 PM.
        https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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        • #5
          Ah thank you, it was the shrimp I was forgetting. Personally, I think you're very impressive at holding steady when traveling, especially given the number of social events you have to attend, where going with the flow may be more important to business than toeing the diet line.

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          • #6
            Sorry to hear about your old journal

            Nice to read about your progress

            interesting the low carb or low fat thing. it's in line with what TQP's been telling me.
            Music of the day/week/month/whatever:

            K.A.A.N. - L.T.N. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWocmse1Ef4

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            • #7
              Yes - the low carb and the low fat things both work for me. I don't know if it is some magic of macro ratios (= biochemistry I don't understand) or just that in both cases I tend to eat less overall because I feel full with less food. I do like to switch it up - low carb much of the time, with some high carb low fat potato or fruit days once or twice a week.

              It might be as simple as high fat with high carb is too easy to overeat.
              https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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              • #8
                Welcome back, sorry your old journal was deleted.
                I am discouraged that you got the response from admin that you did. From my work experience I would have expected it to be found on a backup and reloaded.
                The Buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future. So for today: I choose to be happy. I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others. I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

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                • #9
                  Yeah - there seemed to be little interest in recovering the journal. I recall that Namelesswonder mentioned that, for some reason, in MDA world deleted is really deleted. I'll get over it - but I reserve the right to make snarky comments about admins.

                  On the food front - dinner ended up being 3 beers and some happy hour meatballs with an old friend who unexpectedly came back to work at my company. Had not seen him in probably 15 years. Primal tribalism with non-primal food. A good time.
                  https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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                  • #10
                    Sunday Morning Data:

                    BOH (inches):
                    Starting value: 1.8
                    Last week's value: 0.9
                    This week's value: 0.9

                    Weight (lbs):
                    Starting value: 226
                    Last week's value: 215
                    This week's value: 213

                    Back to pre-Thanksgiving numbers. 5 mile walk this morning. First day this season it was below freezing the entire time. It was sunny (once the sun was up) and there was no wind, so it was not bad at all. I did finally get some shoes for colder weather. Zero drop Merrells. They are pretty comfortable, keep pointy rocks from hurting, let my toes move around, and keep my feet warm enough.

                    I am home all this week. Veggie pickup on Tuesday.
                    https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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                    • #11
                      Vacation day today. I have 11 more to take this month. It doesn't leave much time for work.

                      I did a 5.5 mile walk/hike early this morning. It was a little warmer than yesterday - a little above freezing by the end - so the nice-to-walk-on frozen mud was getting squishy and slick. It's a problem this time of year (and again in March).

                      Nice diner breakfast after the hike, then raked the leaves (still more to come down). Then a massage and a stop at the brew pub. Nice day.

                      Dinner tonight will be a grass fed burger with Hatch peppers and maybe an egg. And I need to finish the Christmas tree.
                      https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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                      • #12
                        Sunday Morning Data:

                        BOH (inches):
                        Starting value: 1.8
                        Last week's value: 0.9
                        This week's value: 0.9

                        Weight (lbs):
                        Starting value: 226
                        Last week's value: 213
                        This week's value: 214

                        Up a pound this week. It was a busy and a bit of a stressful week at work. Mostly good stuff, but still very busy. After Monday, I had some kind of work event every night of the week. Only one was planned (Christmas party on Friday). Food choices were pretty good, but I had 2-3 drinks every night, and I never lose weight or volume with that much alcohol. This week should (!) be quieter. I will be with friends in Philadelphia this weekend, and we have definite plans for junky or just plain starchy foods. There should be a lot of walking - maybe it will balance out. Ha Ha.

                        Since it is weirdly warm here - 58F at 6 AM - I went to the ocean for today's walk. Just 3 miles, but nice to walk in the surf in December. I hoped for a nice sunrise, but there were some low clouds on the horizon. Good start to the day anyway.
                        Last edited by ekba09; 12-13-2015, 07:31 AM.
                        https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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                        • #13
                          You walk along the beach sounds lovely!

                          Weight loss during the holidays is tough.

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                          • #14
                            Well after a nice start, yesterday went south in a hurry. I had a scratchy throat when I woke up (and still decided to go wade in the Atlantic in December), and by early afternoon it grew to include a stuffy head, general achiness and a slight fever. I had a cold. And, of course, I was pretty whiney about it.

                            I did get to nap in the sunshine and 71 degrees in the hammock, but otherwise the afternoon was a bust. Chicken broth, tea, some conventional OTC drugs and almost 10 hours of sleep and I am back to about 95% today.

                            I am off today, so I'll get to all the Sunday stuff that got postponed yesterday.
                            https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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                            • #15
                              Sunday Morning Data:

                              BOH (inches):
                              Starting value: 1.8
                              Last week's value: 0.9
                              This week's value: 0.9

                              Weight (lbs):
                              Starting value: 226
                              Last week's value: 214
                              This week's value: 215

                              Still going in the wrong direction. Lots of salty food this weekend so maybe it is just water. Since I was sick early in the week, and on a mini-vacation late in the week, there was no kettlebell. Lots of walking. I managed to get work tidied up enough for the end of the year. I will travel a lot in January - not looking forward to it. Until then, I am off.

                              It is sunny today, and just above freezing, so I'll take down a couple more shrubs on the side of the house. I'll have to start early since we're near the shortest day of the year.
                              https://instagram.com/dinnerwithek/

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