Saturday, March 16, 2019

Eat right and exercise

It seems like all my life, but of course it hasn't been that long, you hear, when someone's trying to figure out how to lose weight, they say eat right and exercise. I don't know about the rest of you, but that comment or statement has always left me feeling like, that's unrealistic. But it's actually easier and it sounds. The first thing that we need to do is change that statement to, understand your eating and don't stay in bed all day. Now you only have to be overwhelmed by the part of understanding the reading. And then respond, what, understand my eating, how in the whatever, am I supposed to do that. It's easy get food diary.

You do not need to go on or start an extensive exercise program. Just don't just sit on the couch all day or stay in bed all day but actually get up and do anything. Exercise is not the key to losing weight. Eating right is. Exercise is for for getting fit and for maintaining your fitness level not for losing weight. Sure the side effect of exercise can be losing weight, but if exercise is how you think you're going to lose some weight you're going to be working too hard, and you're probably going to be getting discouraged, and whatever results you do see, you're probably going to lose them again, unless you continue exercising at that level for the rest of your life. Once again unrealistic.

Understanding your eating.  The reason I say understanding your eating, and not eating right, is you realistically can not go from zero to a thousand and succeed. You need to go from 0 to 1 first. Once you've to mastered that try, 0 to 2 and so on and so forth. Small steps, baby steps, keep an open mind, it's more important to understand your weaknesses then your strength sometimes.  You're making a changes that you can live with for a lifetime, if you do things too quickly it's going to be overwhelming and you're going to get discouraged. When you start feeling discouraged and overwhelmed slow down and make some changes so that you can continue at your own pace. Your plans realistically are going to continue to evolve and change slowly. Building a plan that you can continue, for a lifetime, realistically that's going to take time, because this is your plan.

1st. Steps

Start reading about what you should be eating and what you should not be eating. Start reading about how much you should be eating. Start reading about how many calories you should get a day. Start reading about how many carbs you should get a day.

Start tracking your steps. If using Android you can turn on Google fit and try to keep your phone with you and Google fit will do a little bit of tracking on how active you are. Remember you're trying to figure out how active you are okay not try to prove that you're more active when you're not so in the beginning just figure out how active you are. I'm sure Apple fit probably does something similar I honestly have no idea I don't really care.

Start tracking your eating. Once again it's not time to make changes yet it's not time to prove you're healthier than you are it's time to figure out what you're eating, time to find an eating diary. I use Fatsecret on my Android.  Log your meals and snacks. Fatsecret makes it easy, it remembers the things that you eat for lunch, supper, breakfast, snacks so the second time around and you can pick them off a list. It has a camera function you can take pictures of barcodes. It has a lot of search options in a large listing of everything everybody else in the world is eating so it's a lot easier then finding a pencil and paper and sitting down in front of your computer with Google trying to figure out how many calories are in a pickle. There's also lots of little tricks that you can use like if you recently ate the same thing for lunch but now it's breakfast you pretend you're logging something for lunch and then you change it to breakfast before you shut the app down.

Once you figured out what you're doing then you start making small changes to do better. and once you've handled the small changes you make more small changes and you continue making small changes when you're ready until you're seeing the results that you want and you make sure you keep things realistic and you keep things easy enough that you're not going to quit the moment things get tough. And when you want a bowl of ice cream they eat the bowl of ice cream. and you try to work on controlling those cravings so that you're not eating that bowl of ice cream every time you turn around. And you know what sometimes you really need a bowl of ice cream. We'll talk again later.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

How to Build a Better Picnic Table

ISBN 1-4243-0963-8

This is not your average picnic table.

My goal here was to design a better picnic table, and a booklet with everything you need to know to build this table.

This Picnic Table is being built around the world by Homeowners, Schools, Colleges & Restaurants.

It's Handicap Accessible
It's Easy to Build and Kits are Available
It has No Exposed Screws on the Table Top
It's Easy to Move around the yard
It Stands-Up for Easy Cleanup and Storage

This table is Handicap Accessible

This unique picnic table is Handicap Accessible because it has room for a person in a wheelchair or an extra bench at the ends of the table, and because someone can sit at the ends of the benches without lifting their leg over the bench.

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 using this design are built every year and I truly believe this is a better picnic table. As a woodworker when I put this booklet together it was important to me to keep it simple, yet written with enough step-by-step detail that a reader with no woodworking experience can actually build this table.

This picnic table design is becoming increasingly popular with Homeowners, Schools, Colleges & Restaurants, and my single bench version is being used as an outside Event Table. I truly believe that you can build this table, and that you will have fun doing it.

The table is designed to stand back while you cut the grass.

In the spring & summer we have to cut the grass several times a month. This table was designed to stand-up out of the way and to be easy to move.

When cutting the grass first I stand all my picnic tables on one side and I cut the whole lawn;
then I flip them all to the other side and cleanup around the tables;
then I flip them all down and put the mower away.
It really would not be any easier to mow if I had no tables to cut around.

Cleaning & Storage

I also stand my tables on one side to store them for the winter. Just remember a strong wind may knock one over.
To help my tables last and to help keep them clean the boards are well gaped; this allows rain water to drain through,
and I build my tables with stainless steel carriage bolts and corrosion resistant deck-screws.

Most of the wooden picnic tables you see are a copy of the original picnic table built 100 years ago. I guess no one told them it was not a great design. Some people think to build a picnic table; you just nail a few boards together. Well that's almost true but let's skip the nails, add a little bit of thought, and build a better picnic table this weekend.

A few years ago I set-out to design and build a better picnic table.
The traditional picnic table is typically hard to get in and out of; it can be clumsy to move;
and with most tables the legs will weaken each time you tip the table on to its side.

When designing this picnic table I had three goals. I wanted it to be handicap accessible, to be easy to move, and to be easier to get in and out of. I accomplished all of this and more by carefully planning my unique table design.

This picnic table is built using roughly (88) Deck-screws, (13) 2x6x8's and (2) 2x4x8's

I normally use 8 carriage bolts -w- Nuts & Washers; for high traffic tables I use 16 carriage bolts.

I truly believe you can build this table, and that you will have fun doing it.

If you would like a copy it's $12 with Free Shipping
You supply all Hardware & Lumber.

The Picnic Table Plans include easy to follow step by step instructions. A full materials list, and helpful tips, photos, diagrams and more to help you build your table quickly.

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Thanks for stopping by to look at my picnic tables, here is another post with some tips for building your table.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Ez-Hanger

If you have ever had to hang a shelf or cabinet, I think you will find that the Ez-Hanger will make that task easier.

I was making a hanging Paper Towel holder with two shelves. While making it I kept thinking how can I make it easy to hang. I had several ideas, this one was easy to make using the tools I already owned.

Well my Paper Towel holder and Shelves are done and I have decided to hang it on the wall above my sink. Next to the sink is a door. I want the bottom shelve to be at eye level and the side to be about 4 inches from the door.

I simply hang the Ez-Hanger so the Bottom is at eye level and the side is 5 inches from the door. Now I can hang my shelve unit on the Ez-Hanger and i'm done.

The Ez-Hanger was so easy to hang. My walls are regular dry-wall walls, so I held up my Ez-Hanger on the wall in the general location I wanted. It has two screws to hold it on the wall and the screws were already inplace. I used a hammer to carefully tap in the first screw. Then I used my level to make sure the Ez-Hanger was level and then I carefully hammered in the second screw. Since I have dry-wall walls it came off just as easy as it went up.

Now I will use two self taping dry-wall screw nuts. They say you don't have to pre-drill but I have found that they work better if you pre-drill so I will use a 1/4 inch drill bit and enlarge the two screw holes I just made in my wall. Then I will screw in the two self taping dry-wall screw nuts. Now I use my screw driver and re-hang the Ez-Hanger. All my holes lined up like I measured, but I did not have to and it went up quick and easy.