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Archives for August, 2009

Science is hard. Real science requires time, patience, modesty, and a high tolerance for failure. Good ideas can lead to better ideas, or to dead ends, and these dead ends actually help us map out our reality. Quite a while back, I wrote about a study of certain compounds in chocolate and their effect on…

BMI TMI Week #1 Roundup

So last Wednesday, I weighed in at 212 pounds (which I rounded to 96kg for some reason). I’ve struggled, seen a lot of good and bad advice, increased my exercise, decreased my food intake, sinned gravely, and generally whined and moaned. This morning, clothed and after breakfast, I’m 208 lbs. Rock on.

BMI TMI update #5

I woke up this morning and rode the stationary bike. Had a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack. Took the kiddo for a bike ride. Then came the carnitas.

From open political warfare to open warfare

It seemed inevitable. Crowds more akin to brownshirts than concerned citizens have been disrupting health care town hall meetings, depriving their fellow citizens of their right to be heard. It was only a matter of time before the intimidation become more overt. Today, a protester showed up outside a venue where the President is appearing.…

BMI TMI update #4

So, not so bad so far today, after an imperfect weekend. The weekend was full of swimming and biking, but also food. I didn’t eat too many things that were “empty” of nutrients, but I consumed more mass than I’d hoped too. Today, I’m not doing too badly. Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with a cup…

Sarah Palin’s immoral rantings

The Right likes to hold up Sarah Palin as a beacon of morality and virtue in an irredeemably corrupt world. But with her latest words, she has shown herself to be either an immoral, lying sack of crap, or severely cognitively impaired. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the…

A hot, sunny Midwestern day. A well-groomed rail trail. Two intrepid riders. That’s how it started out. My daughter has been going on longer and longer rides with me on the Trail-a-bike, so today I figured we’d try a great rail trail that goes past a heron rookery. We made it about a mile in…

BMI TMI Update #3

Thankfully, I’m not a week into this lifestyle change yet, because I’m getting good advice from experts. I know from my reading, that certain foods are better at inducing a durable sense of satiety, and I’ve been trying to incorporate these foods. For example, my typical lunch of late has been a good salad with…

Regular show?

It’s true that I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands, but last nights UStream event with the crew was lots of fun. Isis and Arikia have been hosting a regular Friday night get-together on UStream, which is a total blast, but last night Isis couldn’t tear herself away from her hot,…

BMI TMI Update #2

So, Dear Readers, I’ve been “dieting”, that is, changing my lifestyle now for nearly a week, with some success. Lots of people have their own advice, their own stories, their own beliefs. One fascinating discussion is about whether one must or will necessarily be hungry when eating right. My contention is that most overweight people…