When I was a kid, my dad was talking about trying to lose weight. My flip response as a high-school student was "Dude, just eat less and exercise more". While that's true, I've learned there's a "most effective" way to lose weight... and that most other ways are much less effective.
The more I eat right, the more I read, the more I listen, the more I exercise, the more I realize there are just a few basic rules to almost all diets. These nearly-universal principles form the backbone of the easiest way to lose weight for almost everybody, except perhaps people on dialysis. If you follow them, even without a strict plan, you'll win.
I took some body measurements two days ago. My waist is forty inches. My neck is seventeen inches. Now, I knew about the neck, and I've worn a 17" neck on my button-up shirts for years. Yet I wear a size 34 or perhaps 36 pair of jeans. What's going on?
You know, over the past few years I've very peripherally heard about some drug/supplement called "ephedrine". I heard that it was banned from sale in the USA, and didn't give it much thought. After all, I could still run down to the local pharmacy and pick up Sudafed, which was my one-stop-drug whenever I had a runny nose, and had been for years. It contained pseudophedrine -- thus the name -- and worked fine. If I were having trouble sleeping due to breathing congestion, I'd pick up NyQuil, which IMHO is the best night-time cold remedy on the planet and has been for decades. No biggie, right?
I listened to a podcast today from Skip La Cour talking about managing one's minimum standards. The things he mentioned were, for instance, setting a certain time to be up every day, planning one's meals the night before and following through at the times you planned rather than winging it, and other things that you must do every single day -- or at least five days a week -- to be successful at whatever it is you want to do.
So I'm doing laundry this weekend, and I'm washing to whites. I grab the Clorox bleach and put it in. While this may be the 100th or 1000th time I've done this, for some reason I notice the "kills 99.9% of known germs" on the label.
Well, the last two weeks have been fairly slow as far as fat loss goes. I'm down to 222 lbs now. In some way, there's a special zen-like quality in contemplating having a weight where all three digits are the same. If I have my way, I'll never have this experience again. The next lowest number would be 111, and the next highest 333. Both are places I'll never go.
So I'm finally back from vacation. I have a HUGE backlog of email to catch up on, and a new challenge for myself: blog a day.
Sure, some of the entries will be short, but I want to keep my thoughts up-to-date and record my progress on various goals throughout the year. So here's #1 for the year!
Several years ago, the RIAA -- Recording Industry Association of America -- launched a massive wave of lawsuits against people sharing copyrighted recordings without authorization. By the tens of thousands, "John Doe" lawsuits brought anonymous file-sharers into the spotlight, with routine settlements paid by the Does to the tune of thousands of dollars.
Hope everyone has weathered all the snow well. Well wishes to all whatever holiday you may or may not be celebrating