Really Overweight or Barely Obese?

It's been quite a while since I've put virtual pen to paper in longfom about my health journey.

I've heard about the Covid-15, namely the 15 pounds you'll gain as a result of being sheltered in place during Coronavirus. Me? I'm down weight since early February, which is the last time I was out of the area.

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That means, from my high of over 330 pounds (150kg), I am now down almost 140 pounds (63.5kg) I presume my A1C is still out of the diabetic range but my new doctor won't see me until June because of the local restrictions in place because of Covid-19.

According to the BMI charts, and depending on when I weigh myself, I am either at the top end of the overweight category or at the low end of the obese category, Considering I've been (morbidly) obese since high school, this is quite an accomplishment!

Part of the recent weight loss I attribute to the fact just about the only way I can get out of the house on a daily basis right now, thanks to the shelter in place orders, is go for a jog. Sometimes twice a day. This resulted in over 280 miles on my shoes in April alone and, as I write this, more than 1100 miles jogged in 2020.

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I wouldn't be able to do this if I ate poorly. In fact, on the days I do eat poorly, I can usually feel it in my joints the next time I jog. Inflammation is real, yo!

So what do I eat? No sugars, no grains, no seed/vegetable oils. Meat and occasional veggies. Coffee with heavy cream. Lots of eggs. I cook with butter and/or animal fats. It doesn't work for everyone, but it works well for me!

And really, I didn't start jogging until early last year when we got a treadmill and I had lost 100 pounds. I started out slowly, working my way up to the point where I could jog while keeping my heart in Zone 2 (180 beats per minute - age + 5). When I started getting more serious, I got an Apple Watch.

Today, I'm able to go farther and longer while staying in Zone 2 the majority of the time. I also make sure I get adequate rest (sleep in particular), which is also important.

But really, I don't want Type 2 Diabetes to come back. Or Sleep Apnea. I also want to keep Hypertension at bay as the doctors discovered I had an aneurysm when I went in for a calcium scan a year ago.

I like being able to buy normal clothes in normal stores. I never thought in my life I'd be wearing medium anything, and yet medium shorts fit me pretty good now. For shirts, I still need to lose a little more belly fat, but even larges are starting to fit well. Not bad for someone who needed 4XL or 5XL shirts a few years ago.

I still have some weight to lose. My previous doctor suggested 175 pounds as a target, but I think I'm going to aim for 165 now. I'm not in a hurry to do so, and I know weight loss gets harder as you get closer to a normal weight, but I would love to be able to say "I am literally half the man I used to be" and not be lying.

Governor Inslee Extends "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order to at least 4th May

(medium.com)

Can't say I'm shocked or surprised by this. A lot of smaller businesses are NOT going to survive this despite all the government aid being promised.

WA State Shutting Down Restaurants, Bars, Entertainment, and Recreational Facilities

(www.governor.wa.gov)

Started hearing similar things were happening elsewhere in the US and the world and…its officially come to Washington State.

Going or Returning to Israel? Mandatory Two Week Quarantine.

(www.jpost.com)

They're not messing around over there. It may be a while before I'm able to go there.

With The Press, The More Things Change, The More Things Stay The Same

(www.loc.gov)

“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.” — Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 11 June 1807.

20 VPS providers to shut down on Monday, giving customers two days to save their data

(www.zdnet.com)

Yup, my previous VPS provider was one of these. Funny, no notice on their site anywhere. Definitely smells like a huge scam.

The Price is Right (Yeah, Yeah!) — Twenty Thousand Hertz

(www.20k.org)

Edd Kalehoff is the man when it comes to TV themes. He got screwed out of royalties for his best-known work, the theme for The Price is Right, but he's doing OK for himself.

Getting Type 2 Diabetes in Check – Episode 1372

(vinnietortorich.com)

My chat with Vinnie Tortorich about my health journey. Now down to about 210 pounds (95kg) and, assuming my A1C stays where it is, my Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis goes away.

Mi Band vs Apple Watch: Not Either-Or For Me

I've resisted the whole smartwatch / fitness tracker thing for a while now. At some point a few years ago, my wife bought a fairly simple one that I ended up using until I lost it.

Recently, I decided I needed another one as I've been starting add exercise into my routine. In July of 2018, I ended up getting a Mi Band 2. Had some basic support for notifications from my phone, tracks sleep, and steps, and it was pretty cheap: under $30. Also, it easily lasted over two weeks on a single charge.

In April, I decided I needed to up my game a bit, so I bought a Mi Band 3. It was a little bit bigger, had slightly better sensors in it for sleep and heart rate tracking while working out, still about $30, and still amazing battery life.

A recent software update made the whole process of syncing the band with my iPhone a bit of a pain in the ass. In a couple cases, it completely forgot workouts I did. During workouts, it would stop syncing with my iPhone so I couldn’t track my heart rate. Or, if I initiate a workout from the band itself, I could easily monitor my heart rate, but it wouldn’t track my location or reflect the kind of workout I was doing.

When I was just doing stuff on the treadmill, this wasn’t a huge deal. Since I moved onto walking and running outside, I found that having this stuff "just work" to be of high value.

As I started looking at the other fitness trackers out there, I realized the price for anything else I'd consider getting was basically in the same price range as an Apple Watch. Sure, they might have better battery life and have possibly better fitness features, but let’s face it: anything other than Apple products are second class citizens in the Apple world.

So, I bought an Apple Watch 4. I probably should have done it ages ago, but I finally did it. And I have to say, so far, I'm not regretting the purchase.

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One of the things I was afraid of with an Apple Watch is that I’d be seeing notifications on my wrist. I had tuned down my notifications on my iPhone ages ago so I wasn’t getting many to begin with. I tuned it down further with the Apple Watch, both on the phone itself and, in some cases, specific to the Apple Watch.

I do appreciate the gamification the Watch has around keeping moving. “Closing your rings” is definitely a thing for me. I set a "moderate" fitness goal, which has me burning 700 calories, exercising at least 30 minutes, and standing at least one minute every hour for 12 hours of the day. You get gentle nudges to "stand up" and even "breathe" for a moment.

At least for the first week or so, I've had no trouble meeting these goals. We'll see how this works when shiny metal tubes are involved.

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The main concern I had with the Apple Watch was battery life. The good news is that getting through an entire day hasn’t been a problem so far. It would be much better if it could go several days between charges, something the Mi Band 2 and 3 both do quite easily.

While there are sleep tracking apps for the Apple Watch, it hardly makes sense to use them given the battery situation. This is where the Mi Band is still proving useful as I can wear it overnight to get an idea of how well I slept (or didn't).

I may pick up a Mi Band 4 for curiousity sake as it appears to have added a lot more to the package while maintaining roughly the same price point. No chance it will replace my Apple Watch, but for those who are looking for an inexpensive fitness tracker with some basic notification support, it may still be just the thing.

Unattended Minor

(www.businessinsider.com)

I remember flying as an Unattended Minor in the 1980s to Hawaii from the San Francisco Bay Area. Can't imagine what this kid went through in 2019 flying to a different country..and the kid getting on the wrong plane. How the hell does that even happen these days?