Showing posts from February, 2019

Fitness Trackers

I'm definitely having a love-hate relationship with my fitness tracker these days it's the motiv ring. I hate having it on my finger and it doesn't track anything if I put it on a chain around my neck.

I've always had a dislike for rings and watches. I've tried the Fitbit, hated it also. I know that I don't need a fitness tracker to tell me whether or not I sat on the couch all day, but I like to have some sort of an idea of just how lazy I was.

Google does a fair job of tracking fitness, but my phone spends more time sitting on my desk or on a table then it does in my pocket. I don't know why Google won't let me get one of the chip implants. I talk about it enough that we know both Google and Amazon know I want one.

Before I bought my Motiv Ring they sent me a sizing kit. It included a dozen plastic rings so I could pick my size. I would have never thought I had big hands, but my size is a 12, and size 12 is also the largest size Motiv makes.

I had no …

The Junk Food and Fitness Game

I'm lucky in a way that I'm my worst enemy, though not always my worst critic. I do better, eating at home. Because the food choices that are in the house are the ones that I brought into it. So when there's poor choices in the house it's my fault and I try to make sure that the poor choices that I bring into the house are better than they could have been health-wise.

Sometimes it seems like everyday is a struggle, but realistically it's not really it's just the way my mind works or everybody's mind works. We tend to not be satisfied with our own results while we will praise somebody else who realistically could have results that are not as good as our own.

Friends and family as well as strangers may discredit our challenges as trivial and make believe. I struggle with snacking it typically happens when I've missed meals, stressed or board. So I work hard to keep the snacks out of the house. In the past I thought the worst thing that I could do is eat w…

Foods to Avoid

Any food that is high in carbs should be limited.
but don't forget to subtract and read about Fiber.

Here is a list of foods that need to be reduced or eliminated on a ketogenic diet:
Sugary foods: Soda, fruit juice, smoothies, cake, ice cream, candy, etc.Grains or starches: Wheat-based products, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.Fruit: All fruit, except small portions of berries like strawberries.Beans or legumes: Peas, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.Root vegetables and tubers: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.Low-fat or diet products: These are highly processed and often high in carbs.Some condiments or sauces: These often contain sugar and unhealthy fat.Unhealthy fats: Limit your intake of processed vegetable oils, mayonnaise, etc.Alcohol: Due to their carb content, many alcoholic beverages can throw you out of ketosis.Sugar-free diet foods: These are often high in sugar alcohols, which can affect ketone levels in some cases. These foods also tend to be highly proc…

Foods to Eat

You should base the majority of your meals around these foods:

Meat: Red meat, steak, ham, sausage, bacon, chicken and turkey.

Fatty fish: Such as salmon, trout, tuna and mackerel.

Eggs: Look for pastured or omega-3 whole eggs.

Butter and cream: Look for grass-fed when possible.

Unprocessed Cheese: cheddar, goat, cream, blue, mozzarella.

Nuts and seeds: Almonds, sunflower, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, etc.

Healthy oils: Primarily extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.

Avocados: Whole avocados or freshly made guacamole.

Low-carb veggies: Most green veggies, tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc.

Condiments: You can use salt, pepper and various healthy herbs and spices.

It is best to base your diet mostly on single-ingredient whole foods.

Skip the Gym do Yardwork

One of the easiest and most rewarding ways of breaking a good sweat is to get outside and do some yardwork, and it's so easier to break a sweat when it's warm out verses in an air-conditioned building. Also doing yard work is relaxing and rewarding because you've actually accomplish something.

I lose 1 to 4 lbs of sweat a day doing yard work. Ya, it's water weight, so what, its dirty water out, clean water in. When I'm inside or outside sweating I'm wearing a long sleeve cotton shirt, jeans or sweatpants, sox, shoes or boots, and a dew wrap.  My goal is to sweat, not stay cool, and it's actually more comfortable to have something to wic up the sweat and let it evaporate. Also long sleeves will help protect you from the sun. 

Sweating it out. There’s about 500 milligrams of salt in a pound of sweat.

On average we consume over three times more salt than the daily recommended sodium levels of 2,300 milligrams maximum, and less than 1,500 milligrams for adults …

I've been struggling with my weight since I turned roughly 30

I've recently figured out that my problem was, I didn't understand the problem. I didn't know how many calories I should be eating, I didn't have a clue how many calories I actually was eating, and I didn't know the science. I just kept trying different things for over 20 years.

I saw a lot of success and a lot of failure. I always thought my problem was not enough exercise and overeating. But it was actually more not eating enough and missing too many meals because I was busy working.

I'm now using an app called Fat Secret available on Android to help track my meals along with how many calories, carbohydrates, fats and proteins go into them.

You'll see another post on this site on balancing carbs fats and protein that I found very helpful.

My goal now is to make sure that I eat 2000 calories a day. Using Fat Secret, I divide that into four parts, breakfast, lunch, supper and a snack each at roughly 500 calories each.

Other calorie counting apps that I'…

How to Build a Better Picnic Table

Whether you're new to woodworking or building picnic tables to sell, this step by step booklet will show you how to build a better picnic table. Over 200 picnic tables are built using this design every year and I truly believe this is a better picnic table. When I put this booklet together, I felt it was important to keep it simple, yet written with enough step-by-step detail that a reader with no woodworking experience can really build this table.

This table is Handicap Accessible
because you can sit at the ends of the benches without having to lift your legs over the bench, and there is plenty of legroom to position a wheelchair or an extra bench on both ends.

The unique design of this picnic table makes the table easy to move about the yard making it increasingly popular with Homeowners, Schools, Colleges & Restaurants, and the booklet includes instructions on how to build my popular single bench Event Table as well.

I truly believe you can build this table, and that you…