5 Weeks on Eat to Live

Posted on July 31, 2015
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This will be the last of these weekly updates, as I go from the first phase of Eat to Live to the sustaining part. I’m doing it a week early because of several life occasions in the next few days for which I want to consume some calories that aren’t leafy greens.

The goal I set in fall of 2013 was to get from 225 pounds to 185 pounds. I effectively did that this week. Although I was 185.2 yesterday and 185.6 today, I’m declaring that close enough to claim victory. I celebrated by getting a checkup and blood work done today. I will know next week if I have incurred any ill effects from the last five weeks, no tests done today showed any problem. I can tell you that in April my blood pressure was 155/93 and today it was 128/83 so that was a clear victory.

I will check back in via the blog around early September to report what a month on the sustaining leg of the program did for me. I hope to not be back in the 200s. I’d love to be in the low 180s or even the 170s. I’d consider even being exactly 185 good enough for celebration. We shall see. What I know now is that I am going to have some beer tomorrow and Monday will let myself go completely crazy for a full day. I have a pint of Penn Jillette’s Magic Swyrtle ice cream that was to be my reward for getting under 195 pounds. It’s been in my freezer for over a year and I’m eating that son of a bitch next week. Go me.

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One Million Spams

Posted on July 29, 2015
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Sometime in the next 24 hours, I expect that my blog will cross an important threshold. That will be 1,000,000 spams blocked by Akismet. Thanks guys. If it took 1 second to deal with each one of those, I would have spent 11.5 days of my last decade handling them. I appreciate not having to do that.

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Punkin Sings

Posted on July 29, 2015
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Last night as she was trying to not fall asleep, Punkin was singing this song:

“If I don’t see you every day
My heart will burst away
My heart will burst away”

That last line repeated about 20 times.

4 Weeks on Eat to Live

Posted on July 24, 2015
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Not much to say this time, but just to point out that I’m down three more pounds from last week and five pounds from my first big post about my eating. The downward trajectory has leveled off but is still downward. I’m now in the high 180s and very close to reaching the 185 pound goal that I never came within 10 pounds of in the previous 18 months. Eat to Live, yo!

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 24, 2015 – Brittle Expressions

Posted on July 24, 2015
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I play a song by Glass Eye; I talk about how I have segmented out mailing list emails from my inbox; I discuss some podcasts I have subscribed to recently; I check in with my weight progress; I discuss buying the Fitbit Charge HR; I talk about an expression that drives me up a wall; I discuss the brittleness of Linux and how things that work just stop.

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, July 24 2015.

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Antony Johnston and the Incomparable Network

Posted on July 23, 2015
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I am a fan of Antony Johnston’s comic The Fuse and have read some of his work on series like Daredevil. I listened to the episode of Surviving Creativity on which he was a guest, which was how I found out about his podcast Unjustly Maligned on the Incomparable podcast network. I love the high concept, which is that he gets a guest to defend something that is widely considered to be crap. I can’t wait to eventually hear Scott Kurtz defend Garfield.

The other surprise – other than Antony doing this podcast – is that there is an Incomparable network. I was a listener to the show on 5by5 for a relatively brief time. I can identify the episode that caused me to unsubscribe: 191, which featured a draft of old computers. I didn’t like the draft mechanic at all, and it felt at the time like scraping barrels to find things to draft so I unsubscribed. I had no idea that Jason Snell had broken away and used that program as the flagship of his own network. It seems like 5by5 has birthed more spin off podcast networks than any other source other than maybe TWiT (I haven’t checked these stats.)

There is no danger in my resubscribing to the main Incomparable podcast but I am listening to my first episode of Unjustly Maligned and I am enjoying it. My subscription list is like the tide, shows come in and shows go out. I’ll listen to this as long as I enjoy it, long may that be.

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Henry Rollins and Silly String

Posted on July 23, 2015
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I haven’t been in the best mood this week, but this video of Henry Rollins being shot with silly string by his assistant just made me laugh and laugh. I have started listening to their podcast, and looking at that page I ran across this. Funny stuff.

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SC Comicon

Posted on July 21, 2015
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Even though in recent years Myrtle Beach has not one but two comic conventions (XCon and Myrtle Beach Comicon), I have been keeping an eye on SC Comicon in Greenville. Last year it was the same weekend as XCon and even so I was tempted to go as it had the far superior guest list. I like the Greenville area but haven’t been there since a now defunct hot air balloon festival a few years ago, so some year seems like it would be a good idea to go.

I’ve been listening to the podcasted recordings of panels from this year’s event published by The Dollar Bin podcast. It is impressive how good each and every one of them has been. Even though I am grumpy about media guests, the panel with John Wesley Shipp was one of the best I’ve ever heard for a genre actor.

I think I have to make it a priority to push this con up the stack. They haven’t named a date for 2016, but one of these years I need to go. The previous two years have ranged from March to May, so I assume next year will be somewhere springish. I can only hope the dealer’s room is to my liking, which is less about geegaws and DVDs and toys, and more about boxes and boxes of cheap old comics. If so, step over me as I hunch over the boxes with my list until my aging back gets too sore. I can’t wait.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 19 2015 – Black Heart of Digital Hygeine

Posted on July 19, 2015
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In this episode, I play a song by Amy Ray; I read the patrons and talk about how the weekly schedule is a benefit and I’m not phoning them in; I talk about “flight time” and its importance; I talk about David Moldawer’s article on new media for Boing Boing; I talk about the “tenth anniversary of podcasting” as it relates to iTunes; I talk about Dave Sim, his videos and a recent insight from his works; I talk about Valiant comics and close by talking about my poor digital hygiene and how I lose things I have paid for.

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, July 19, 2015

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Punkin Music Insight

Posted on July 16, 2015
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Conversation with Punkin at a barbecue restaurant in town:

Punkin: “Daddy, I like this song!”
Me: “That was a very popular song when I was a boy. It is by a gentleman named Eddie Rabbit.”
Punkin: “Is he awesome?”
Me: “Yes, I think he was kind of awesome.”
Punkin: “Me too! Awesome!”

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3 Weeks on Eat to Live

Posted on July 16, 2015
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As of today, I am down exactly 20 pounds in 21 days.

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Reddit, Didn’t Like It

Posted on July 15, 2015
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I do not now nor have I ever given two shits about Reddit. If it disappeared tomorrow, I wouldn’t know about it.

Eat to Live

Posted on July 14, 2015
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I started a serious push to get my weight under control in spring of 2014. I focused then on mostly avoiding processed sweets and eating mostly high protein, low carb foods for two meals of the day. I would have eggs for breakfast and sausage for lunch then a fairly normal dinner with the family. This worked for a while, and I got from around 225 pounds to 195 pounds in about six months.

After that, I had a very hard time maintaining that, even though I was exercising the whole time. The first three months of weight loss were without any additional exercise, but the last 15 included multiple trips to the gym on most weeks. I spent that year in a band of 203 poounds, plus or minus 7. I wasn’t gaining too much, but I wasn’t losing any.

In early spring as a listener of Penn’s Sunday School and a backer of Director’s Cut I started noticing and hearing about Penn Jillette’s weight loss. Although he is working with a guy named Ray Cronise as his weight loss guru, he mentioned on the show that the core of his eating regimen is from a book by Joel Fuhrman called Eat to Live. I figured, “what the hell do I have to lose but weight?” I bought the book, read to the key parts. Like all similar books, there is only one or two chapters that really matter and the rest is filler to make it salable at book length. Once I read the best start, I hopped on the plan with very little planning or foresight.

From the beginning, I lost weight. The sleight of hand of any regimen that restricts salty food is that coming from a standard American diet, you will lose water weight almost immediately. I have lost 18 pounds in 19 days, but 7 of that happened the first two days. It is a neat trick, because from the very beginning it helps with the motivation to watch weight disappearing quickly.

Here is the real high level summary of what I am doing. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in this. I predict a high level of success for anyone following this plan.

For the first six weeks:

Unlimited: cooked and raw leafy greens; fresh fruits; cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc), beans

Desirable but limited to a serving a day: Avocado; raw and unsalted seeds and nuts; flax seed

Allowable but limited to a serving a day: Grains and grain products

Prohibited: Sugary foods; prepared foods; meat; dairy; salty foods; canned fruits; white breads; oils

After six weeks and for the rest of your life:

Follow the recommendations above but you have 200 calories a day you can splurge on any prohibited items. Whether that is meat, cheese or a cupcake you can have them and every day as long as 90% of your food intake follows the recommendations. Unlike having a cheat day, you can cheat every day but you have very clear boundaries.

At this point, I’m 2.5 weeks in. I will probably not go the entirety of the recommended 6 week initial period because my birthday is in there. For the day itself, I will allow myself one full day of eating whatever I want that day. After that, is is back on the plan but with the 200 calorie allowance.

As of last weekend, I fell under the lowest weights I had achieved in the previous 18 months of watching what I ate and exercising. It took right at two weeks for this to occur. I really haven’t considered what I am shooting for on the low end of this. I had 185 as my long term goal initially, and now I am 8 pounds from that with a long time left on this initial chunk. I hesitate to dream too big and bum myself out, but 180 seems quite possible. Is 175 too much (little) to ask?

One of the fun things I am doing is walking backwards in time. I have weight stamps associated with periods in my life. I spent much of the last decade around 240. After I quit drinking sodas, I almost immediately went to 225 and stayed there. In Chicago in the mid 2000s I was 240 and dropped to 225 when I started biking to the train station every day. In Atlanta, I was struggling to get under 220. In Portland, I was trying to lose from 209. In grad school in Louisiana, I was 190 at the low point. Prior to that, during my fitness kick in college I was more like a muscular and fit 165. As I lose weight, I get myself back to these timestamps. If I drop under 190, that will be a 20 year low. If I get into the 160s it will be a 25 year low.

These are still the early days of this plan, and I have given back this lost weight before. I will report back in periodically with my progress or lack thereof. For now, I am optimistic and not at all hungry. Have you ever tried to eat a pound of kale and romaine lettuce a day? It’s a lot of food, so not getting enough is never a problem. I hope to see lower blood pressure, which was getting problematic and maybe a host of other side benefits.

Wish me luck and less of myself.

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 12 2015 – Queues of Leafy Greens

Posted on July 12, 2015
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In this episode, I play a song from Thacker Dairy Road and tell the story of how I ended up with their CD at ConvergeSouth one year; I talk about the inaugural EGC Patreon Hangout; I talk about how much weight I am losing via Eat to Live; I talk more about my entertainment queues and how Marvel Unlimited plays into that.

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, July 12 2015.

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Dumb Dave

Posted on July 10, 2015
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Oh, for Dobb’s sake. Getting the next EGC episode ready to post Sunday I just realized I never posted the last one publicly, only to Patrons. Yikes!

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for July 3 2015 – Win Like a Champion

Posted on July 10, 2015
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In this episode, I play a song by Valley Lodge; I talk about gay marriage and how I think the victory should be celebrated; I talk about my recent weight loss and how I am achieving it; I discuss my enjoyment of MMove Bluetooth earbuds and call it a show.

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, July 3 2015

Links mentioned in this episode:

You can subscribe to this podcast feed via RSS. To sponsor the show, contact BackBeat Media. Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package. This show as a whole is Creative Commons licensed Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported. Bandwidth for this episode is provided by Cachefly.

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iPhone Non-love

Posted on July 10, 2015
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I have a temp iPhone while my LG G2 is in the shop. I know people love this thing but I don’t know why. I can’t get rid of it fast enough.

Evil Genius Chronicles Patreon Hangout

Posted on July 7, 2015
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The first Evil Genius Chronicles Hangout will be this Thursday, July 9th at 12:30 PM EDT. This is the reward for the Patreon campaign reaching $40 an episode. That seems like a phenomenal success and I am super appreciative of every single one of our Patrons.

The Hangout will be broadcast live as a Hangout On Air, also on YouTube and will be available as a video later on. Come watch and see what crazy shenanigans occur! You can go to the event page on Google+ and RSVP there if you like. It will also be streamed via the embed on this post when it actually happens.

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Punkin Reading Material

Posted on June 30, 2015
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Me: “What do you want to read tonight?” Punkin: “The Princess who Saved Herself!@gregpak @jonathancoulton in heavy rotation

Punkin Witticism

Posted on June 28, 2015
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Punkin: “No more kissing, daddy! It’s not kissing time!”
Me: “Well, when will it be kissing time?”
Punkin: “After this dinosaur fight!”

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