Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dear God: Please wake the people of this country up and open their eyes and hearts to what this world is really like.

It seems that so many today have thrown common sense to the wind. And way to many of us open our mouths and say stupid things before our brains if we have any anymore has engaged.
The election is over if we care and love our country we have to get behind our president and make this country better. We have to at least give him a chance. He is not going to always get it right, but I see someone for a change that is doing his best to but this country and the citizens of this country first. Something we have not had in too long a time.
We have as a country and as the citizens of this country been brainwashed by all of the foreigners that have been brought into this country to teach or kids, and all of the foreign goods that now rule this country. We as a people have gotten lazy and have become slaves to other countries. We do work harder than other countries and longer hours, but what do we do that really counts. We have sent all or most of the manufacturing out of this country, most of the corporations that claim to be American companies, do not manufacture any thing or very little in this country anymore. And the ones that do use robots for the work. We are going to become second class citizens to foreign powers and to robots. Is that what we really want as a people.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

How do we succeed in this game of weight loss and maintenance?

How do we succeed in this game of weight loss and maintenance? I have been thinking about this for a long time, and I have been practicing and working at it even longer. Weight loss and weight maintenance is like everything in life it is what you make of it. We all have our wins and failures. We celebrate the wins, and we learn from our failures and keep trying, at least that is the way I was raised. I see so many these days that love to win but never seem to be able to except a failure without giving up. Folks we never learn from our wins we only learn from the failures, but we must be able to analyze the data that was created by that failure, and the win for that matter.  What am I saying? I also was raised to keep a journal of my life, to write it all down. Somedays that is just a quick note not even a full sentence, sometimes that could be a page of information. So, for me the habit of journaling has made it easy for me to log everything I eat. But for too many that is a chore that they do not want to take the time to do. I have learned over the years that my journal is my history, it has saved me from getting unneeded medical care, it has prevented me for getting in to trouble with the law and most of all as a child it kept me out of trouble with my parents and grandparents. If we would all get in the habit of recording our lives, we would learn so much about ourselves. And who knows that could even lead to a best seller someday.
Now to my next point of succeeding at weight loss, never ever give up. We all have the ups and downs. We have our wins and losses. We can learn from both if we log and keep a journal but if we do not then we do not really know what we did wrong. Loseit offers us a lot of great tools if we only use them. We get weekly and even daily reports. The daily logs go into databases that we can view and download. We can use a spreadsheet to look at the day and even create our own charts.

So, take advantage of these tools and make the best of your weight loss and maintenance. This is all part of your life style change that you must commit to.

Health and fitness

I have been eating below my BMR for some time, not really because I was trying but just because it has been all I felt like eating. There are days that I will eat well above my BMR but only once a week or so. But I have been trying to eat more and at least get to eating 125 calories on average above my BMR. I am not there yet. But I am slowly getting there. I know I must be careful and not get to the point of gaining weight. I am still between 8 and about 18 pounds above what I need to weigh. My goal and the thinking of my dietitian and myself is that of easing my way to the weight I need to be at, and not be at a point of eating that much more to prevent weight loss once I get to my goal. I have my goal set for 195 that is a weight that I managed to maintain from the summer of 2012 to Christmas of 2013. And now, I am at a weight that I managed to be at or below from February of 2012 until early February of 2014.  My goal of 195 will become my maximum that I want to be at, and I am going to try to go as much as 10 pounds below that.
This coming Thursday I will have my lab work for my physical that is on the Monday after my lab work. I will also be getting another BMR test to see where I am at, as well as retested for any food allergies. I am wanting to be able to eat a wide verity of foods, which is the way I was raised. As of now I am not eating bread, except cornbread. I do eat wild, and brown rice, and potatoes once or twice a week without any issues. I also eat cheerios and a high protein Nature Valley cereal. I am back to eating the fruits that I love without issues. Wheat still gives me some issues but not bad if I do not over do it. I try to stay away from as much processed foods as possible and I do not eat fast foods, well I do cheat if I am on the road traveling but that is not that often. I have come to find out I can cheat at times and enjoy it if I do not make it a habit. And I also believe that I should never completely deprive myself of the foods I enjoy and were raised to eat, I just must learn to limit them.

I do not recommend eating below the BMR it is just something I feel into by mistake and I am now trying to correct it. I also recommend getting tested to find out what your real BMR is. The calculators that are used to determine BMR, using sex, age and weight, are only averages like the calculators for BMI they are not that great. If you really want your weight loss to stick and you want to be healthy and fit do yourself the favor and get the test. It will pay off down the road.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Part 2 of Our Government is making us fat.

I see that my thinking was correct that so many would not believe what I said. So let us look at some hard to take thoughts. First off there are over 100 research programs that back up what I said about what the food industry, the diet industry, and the fitness industry is doing to us. Their lobbyist live in DC and they continually pay visits to congress. The industries make their money off of keeping us fat. The medical, and drug industry in turn make their money and fortunes on us been sick and needing their services and their drugs. Do you really think any of this group want to see us anything but fat, out of shape and sick? The standards we know have were put in place in 1980 and ever since the American people have been getting fatter. And at the same time we have been eating less, we have been exercising more, and all of the illnesses have been going up and up.
Americans spend more money on fitness, diet, medical services, drugs, and food then any country in the world. We also eat the unhealthiest foods and have the worst medical serves in the world. Folks the industries do not want us healthy. If we were they lose money.
So what is the problem with our eating, it is simple we were never meant to eat grains, and other starchy foods. We were meant to eat meat, veggies, mostly green, nuts, and seeds. We were never meant to eat foods that have DNA modifications so they have longer shelf life and smaller plants create more food. We were never meant to eat processed foods, and all fast food is processed.
Now for my story over just the last few months of eating correctly. I have lost weight I have eaten more I have exercised less. Yes, you are reading that correctly. What have I changed, I have stopped eating grains, bread, rice, cereal, and white potatoes. My exercise is walking, and a resistance workout once or twice a week. I have lost about 20 pounds in 2 months. I still have 30 or 35 pounds to lose, and I have hit one of the set points or plateaus that we all do. I will get off of it but it will take some time. What will my goal weight be I really do not know but I believe it will be about 200 pounds? Now my doctor wants me down to 185, that I do not believe will happen. Why? I will be far too low in my percent of body fat.  I have done this before and kept my weight down to 199 for almost 2 years. Then I got back on the wagon of eating starchy foods and I gained my weight back. Why? I let a dietitian talk me into eating the government plan. It screwed up my weight, added belly fat, and caused my blood chemistry to go bad.
So what do I eat? Breakfast for me is two eggs, 8 oz. of milk with whey protein, and 5 oz. of tomato juice. Lunch is a piece of fruit and celery sticks. Dinner is usually 5 oz. of meat, a large salad with olive oil, and up to 4 cups of veggies. My snacks are mixed nuts unsalted.  Yes, you are seeing it correctly I have about 40 percent of my diet in fats, but good fats.
So other than losing some weight what has changed for me my blood work is much better but needs more improvements that will come as I lose more weight. I no longer have stomach problems with cramping and gas. And I no longer have painful joints, something that use to keep me on the couch because it hurt to walk. And I no longer have the bad sinus headaches and my allergies are much less.

You may still want to follow what you are told and been told by the industry that wants you fat and sick but for me I will follow what I know works. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Our Governments are making us fat.

What I am about to say will not set well with some of you. Weight loss is a lifetime war not just a battle. You have to commit yourself to fighting to keep your weight off the rest of your life. Losing the weight and reaching your goal is not even half the battle, it is only the first skirmish. The war continues with battle after battle the rest of your life. You will tell yourself that now that I have lost the weight I can eat whatever I wish, well that may be true for a cheat meal or cheat day or two ever now and then. But you will always have to weigh and you will always have to watch what you eat and how much and you will always have to do some exercise.
Then there are some of us me included that will always believe we can lose a little more. Well our bodies have set points that it knows is what is a good weight at certain levels of our lives and our eating habits. We can force our bodies to change set points by what we eat and how much. We also influence our bodies set point by what we eat. For some of use it is different foods, but for me it is starchy foods that clog up my hormones and cause my body to add belly fat. And to be honest most of us have the same reaction to starchy foods. I am finding that I can eat some much more calories as long as I do not eat grains, and potatoes. I eat lots of meats, and green veggies, as well as fruits. I do not eat processed foods, or as I call them factory foods. The results for me has been much less stomach issues, gas pains mostly. I also do not have the joint pains that I once had, just think about doing your walks or jogging and not having knee or ankle pains. Well that has happened for me.
I do not even follow the full plan that says not to eat starchy foods, because it also says that dairy is bad for you, guess what I have my morning glass of whole milk with whey protein without any issues and I am still losing my belly and weight. Now more than likely I would lose more of my belly and lose weight faster if I did not drink my milk but that is my choice and it is working for me. We all have to experiment and find what works for us, then we have to stay with what works. If we eat the right foods I am finding that I reach the weight that my body needs to be at and it hold there to within 5 to 10 pounds. The key is keeping our hormones happy and health, which in turn keeps us health, we have to exercise but we do not have to kill ourselves with it. For me it is walking every day, something I love to do anyway. And some weekly or twice a week resistance workouts that I do because I have to not because I want to.
We will always at least most of us be at war with our weight and there will be battle after battle and skirmish after skirmish but we all can handle it as long as we set our mines to doing so.
PS: At least for me I have put the concept of low fat and no fat out of my thoughts. Fat is good, yes I said it fat is good as long as it is not created in a factory. I do not eat foods created in a factory. But I eat foods created by mother nature. I love meat but stay away from meat from animals that were forced fed grains, to fatten them. I love range fed only. Why because if the animals the meat come from were grain fed then I am going to get the same hormone clogging issues as if I ate the grain myself.

Yes, I know that I am going against and fighting what the food industry has force upon our governments to preach to us about grains are needed, and starchy foods are good. It just is not true, and our own governments are making us fat, to that the diet and fitness industries can get rich off of our backs.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

How times change

We all must have a healthy respect for guns and what they can do. But we should not be scared of guns they are only tools, and it depends on the person with the tool on how that tool is used. I was raised around guns; I cannot remember a time that there wasn’t a gun around my parent’s home. I played with toy guns from as early as I can remember and then with “Real” guns from the time I started to school. I went hunting with my dad and mom, and my dad would set up targets and we would shoot at tin cans. I can also remember getting up on Saturday mornings and taking a 22 rifle or 410 shotgun and going off in the creek bottoms all by myself, I was not more than 12 years old if that. My dad had been in the Navy at the end of WWII and believed in being prepared, and he was always talking to me about gun safety and what a gun could do to a person. I had and still have a strong respect and fear of guns. But I learned a long time ago it is not the gun you fear as much as the person who has that gun in his/her hands.  I was taught shooting also in school. When I got old enough to drive it was nothing to have a deer rifle or shotgun or even both in the back window rack of my old pickup truck. The high school parking lot would be full of them, when it was dove season, or deer season. There never was an uproar about us having guns at school they all knew we knew how to take care and handle them.
After I finished high school I went to work in a bad part of South Dallas, I was working nights and getting off work at or after midnight, I carried a 22 revolver with me at all times. I was only 19 at the time and I bought the gun myself with my own money and no one questioned me on my age or why I wanted it. I as stopped coming out of Dallas one night it was about 2 am and the only reason I was stopped was I was white in the wrong side of town at that time and the policeman was more worried about my safety than anything else. I had the revolver upon the dash of the car, I put it there I did not want any surprises when the policeman walked up to the car, I was asked for my driver’s license, and he asked me why the gun and I told him the truth I was nervous about going home from work at that time of night, he made no big issue out of it or the fact I was only about 20 at the time. This all was the mid-1960s and the world was so much different then. People respected guns, and for the most part people respect other people. I never gave it any thought on the fact that I had been around and using guns since before I could talk or even walk.

We have gotten away from that and it is a total mistake. We have been losing our rights for way to long it is time we start taking back control of the government. It government should be controlled by the people and not the people being controlled by the government. If we are not careful we will be under Marshal Law before the elections are over. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

I wish there was a way

I wish there was a way that someone with normal hearing could hear what I hear, so maybe they would not always put me down when I complain or say what.
There are some even on my family that keep putting me down and it just makes me feel like I am a lesser person or some kind of idiot. 
If only they could hear things the way I do. They do not fully understand my hearing loss, I can hear lower frequencies very well and the higher frequencies good enough but I just can not hear voices or speech, and you but a group in a room all trying to talk at once and it just sounds like a bunch of chicken hens in a chicken pen. It just flat gives me a headache, but if I say something about it then I am crazy and do not know what I am talking about, but it is them that do not understand what I am hearing or not hearing. And they do not understand that hearing aids do not correct hearing loss it only amplifies the noise they are making. My best program for hearing in noise is better than nothing but not good enough to really help. My audiologist has fine tuned the program the best she can, and I really do not believe it is the hearing aids I believe if it my hearing loss that is the issue. I just hope that some day they will be able to get the software good enough to really help me.