Thursday, March 12, 2015

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why is it that the media insists on trying to point to one specific cause for things?

Case in point is this article.

Why sales of packaged or processed foods are declining (

“And along with this, as all of you know, comes a mounting distrust of so-called “Big Food”, the large food companies and legacy brands that millions of consumers have relied on for so long,” she told a room full of food industry analysts.

Completed Spatchcocked Thanksgiving Turkey
Though, to be fair, the article is parroting what the industry analyst said.

I think this issue is much more complex than a distrust of "Big Food" and frankenfoods.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A New Habit - Todo List

It's been a long time since I've posted here. Life interrupts.

I'm not going to get into all of that here, some day maybe, but not today.

From what I've been reading (self improvement time) though, to become really successful, I need to set some goals. Goals and to-do lists have always been something I'm been poor at. Oh, I get things done, but actually writing it down and making a list ... not so much something I do well.

On the other hand, Kristen is good at writing things down, and is always trying new things, and recently got into a little online to-do system/habit builder.

Since it's also a game, she managed to suck me into it.

But, hey, this might be a good thing. Since I've always been bad at to-do lists, goal setting, etc.

Screenshot of HabitRPG in the browser

What better way to do this than through a game to-do list.

What is it? It's called HabitRPG. (

I've always loved Role Playing Games (RPG's), as any reader of this blog should know, so this is right up my alley game wise.

There are 3 "tabs" to your habits. There is a Habits tab, where you put things that you can + or - like the built in "Take the Stairs". Every time you take the stairs, you do a +. If you take the elevator, you do a -.

Screenshot of my Profile in the app

Oh, did I mention that this is also an app? This means you can immediately (assuming you're carrying your phone) give yourself a down-check (-) for taking the elevator, conversely, you can reward yourself (+) for taking the stairs.

Dailies are things you want to do on a daily, or actually, weekly basis. My initial Habits, Dailies, and To-Do's were all easy things, basically what I already do, just to start.

However I've started adding tougher ones, like "Write a Blog Post". So far all of those have been for Windy Woods, but this really isn't a Windy Woods type post, so I'll put it here.

I suspect that the day will come when I'll get specific about this with "Write a Blog Post for Windy Woods" or "Fretion's Corner", but not yet.

This is where dailies can shine. You can set a daily to only occur on specific days, so really they're not a "daily" they're a "weekly on Mon, Wed, Fri", or even a weekly on Sunday only.

I've set my "Write a Blog Post" to happen on Tuesday and Thursday.

Hopefully this means you'll be seeing more posts from me, here and on Windy Woods. This really is a habit I want to get back into, and I would like to make it consistent.

Last category is the To-Do. This are nice because they can be anything, with, or without a due date. As a to-do sits on the list it gradually changes color as it doesn't get to-done.

For each of these, especially the dailies, you take damage if you don't do them, there are also quests that you do with your party, Kristen and I have already done the Basi-list quest.

So far it's been a fun and interesting way to organize my life a little.

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Truth About Fat, Statins, and Heart Health

Dear family and friends, please watch these two videos. They're each 30 minutes, but it's an hour of your life I think will be well spent.

I've written in this blog many times about my thoughts on statin drugs. I could link to article after article, study after study, and have linked to many, who link to many.

I post updates on my own n=1 experiment with a ketogenic diet.

I've gone from 265lbs down to 195, and still falling by eating a low carbohydrate, low protein, high fat diet.

I've gone from having hypertension (blood pressure regularly over 140/90) to blood pressure that consistently comes in 'normal', and have the numbers recorded to show it. I measure BP every other morning when I check my ketone and glucose levels.


I started on this journey of discovery 10 years ago, little by little I've learned that what we are told by our government about nutrition is just flat wrong. 

And, yes, I'm saying what your doctor might be telling you is wrong too!  But, here's the thing, your doctor got probably two days, at most, education on nutrition.  And, what they're taught is what the government is pushing.

Doctors who actually study nutrition all say the same thing I'm saying here.

Please, for your own sakes, do not just dismiss this.

Thank you!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stalled Again?

Well, we're reapidly approaching the end of another month. As far as weight loss goes, I've been pretty much stalled for the month of October. Waist line, on the other hand ...

Weight Stalled around 193lbs.

As I mentioned in my last post, we picked up a couple of pairs of jeans, and a pair of dress slacks at Goodwill. No point in buying new, since I'm obviously still shrinking around the waist. The size 34 jeans are starting to bunch (so I'm probably a 33" now), and I'm really wishing I had found some size 34 dress slacks, because the 36's are really bunched.

I've gotten a few more comments from coworkers too. Even a few questions of how I did it. The looks of disbelief I get when I say that it's by eating a high fat diet ... priceless.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Overdue Update

I know that I'm drastically overdue for an update, especially since I mentioned in my previous rant / post that I planned on an update, and that was 2 weeks ago.

So, let's do this.

Weight Chart

First, weight. As you can see from the graph, I'm still trending down. I'm currently hovering just above 195 lbs.

Ketone Glucose Chart

Next we'll look at the very important ketone and glucose levels. This mornings ketone levels are promising, as is the glucose level. I'm really curious to see what they'll be in a week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome to the USSA?

I'm not going to talk about my n=1 experiment today, though I do plan on posting an update this weekend. I came across this article in my feeds this morning and felt a sudden need to say something about it.

TSA PreCheck enrollment: Fly by the airport security line

So, answer this. How is this different than bribing the TSA?

For $85 for a five-year clearance, a few minutes of application brewhah and a few weeks leeway before a flight, travelers can be on their way via the short line through participating airlines and airports with shoes tied and computers zipped tight.

I found my last trip through airport security so degrading that I vowed to do everything I could to avoid having to ever go through that again. However, I flat refuse to pay a fee to avoid it. I wouldn't object to this if it were just the application and lead time clearance, but a fee? Seriously, this is nothing less than a bully taking your lunch money before you can pass.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Status Update and an Epiphany

I've been struggling for the last week or two, and frankly becoming worried.

Especially since I've started my low-carb journey, I've been just full of energy. Going out and splitting a half a cord of wood in a couple of hours was a workout, but never really an effort.

However, for the last week or two, it's been an effort to even split one wagon-load.

For that matter, walking up a flight of stairs has been exhausting.

I'm talking, heart racing, trouble breathing, muscles aching exhaustion.

Kristen and I have been struggling trying to figure out just what the heck is going on.

Last night we had one of those a HAH! moments. An epiphany if you like.