Monday, February 11, 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 problem wearing the plastic size 12 Motiv sizing ring for a week while I waited for the real thing. But after one day with the real thing my finger swelled up and for a bit I did not think I would be able to get it off.

I still have problems with it, and often have to take it off and put it in my pocket or change fingers or hands, but then there is a chance it will fall off and get lost.

I wanted the heart beat monitor, because I do a lot of yard work and kayaking and so for me, counting steps is not always a good way to track my activity.

I also do a lot of mixed activities, for example, I take my bicycle for a walk to both mix things up and allow me to ride home when I over do it and my bad leg / knee gives out.

My fitness trackers don't seem to track mixed activities very well, and I don't want to stop and start a new tracking activity every time I climb on and off my bike. So I have to live with inaccurate data in my fitness app.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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 was another banana. (Funny now with Carbs -vs- Fats, what's worse a Banana or Bacon, I'm going to eat the banana, but just one) If chips are in the house, I can often ignore it for months but if I open the bag and eat one I will most often eat the whole bag within an hour or less. Luckily I understand this and normally don't bring junk food in the house.

I've sent several emails to both Google, Fitbit and the makers of my current, Motiv fitness tracking ring, telling them that in fitness, (exercise, eating, weight loss) the week, month, and year does not start on a given day. It is the last 7 days including today, the last 30 days including today, the last 365 days including today. It is not Sunday - Saturday, not the 1st - 31st, not 2018 or 2019. That's why more often than not your fitness tracker can be discouraging. It's not giving you enough credit for today, not giving you enough credit for trying again. Not letting you feel like you can press reset and do better.

In my mind, if I want to be successful I need to be able to treat eating and exercise like a video game. I can't erase my history of overeating, mistakes, and unwanted weight gains, but I also can't let it discourage me or allow it make me give up. I can and must track and log all my meals, snacks and weight both good and bad. And even though my fitness app is not giving me credit for doing better this week, I can press reset after every poor choice by simply trying again.

In fitness and Life, I often feel like the rules keep changing. But its more often that we learned something new, reading something different, like this high-fat low-carb thing -vs- Balancing Carbs, Fats & Protein. So I always want to make sure that whatever I'm doing fitness wise, that it's something I think I can do for the rest of my life. Because I'm going to make mistakes. I'm going to get discouraged. So I need to be able to want to try again.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

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 processed.

Friday, February 8, 2019

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.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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 with high blood pressure.

I'm 59 years old. I cut my lawn every week in the summer and every two weeks or so in the winter in the hot Florida sun, using a push mower. I do not use AC in the car and I almost never run it in the house any more. My big issue now is I have to wear sweatpants at work, stores, and restaurants because it's too cold.

I moved to Florida from Massachusetts about six years ago. The secret is to pretend your cold for a while and your body will adjust.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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've tried take things a step further and allow you to add back calories for the exercise that you've done. That's great but in my mind counterproductive for somebody who's trying to lose weight and exercise better.

The reason I feel it's counterproductive is, you need to teach yourself and your body how to live on 2000 calories a day or whatever your particular goal is first.

Once you've done that you can figure out how your exercise routine fits in with your calories.

Once I felt like I had the basics of counting calories under control I started looking into eating better.

But the main thing is to make sure that your goals are realistic. Don't take small setbacks too seriously. Remember, this is not a race. There is no inspection. From time to time you are going to eat something you knew you shouldn't have eaten. Just get back to work and don't quit.

This plan is working for me and now that I actually have a plan, all I have to do stay with it.

Your plan has to be realistic. It has to be a plan that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life.

3 years ago I dropped over 50 lbs over a summer break. I went from over 200 down to 150. But I didn't have a plan. I was just starving myself and running as much as I could. Once summer was over I started putting all that weight right back on. A year-and-a-half later I was right back to over 200.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Different Types of Ketogenic Diets

There are several versions of the ketogenic diet, including:

Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs

Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.