Early to rise, early to bed habits continue. Lots of work, but having a bit of fun too.

I continue to go to bed rather early (between 7:30 and 8:30 PM, but 2:00 AM is pushing it a bit. Today was a 2:00 AM day. I started working as usual, while catching up on a few podcasts.

Work has been steady as usually also. It’s better than it was, and I’m not allowing things like not having access to SAP back end data bother me so much. I cannot get to any information I need, so I just have to turn down request that come in for it. It’s not a nice thing and I don’t like not being able to get information to my end users.

On the other hand, I have been playing around and learning more about IBM’s Worklight. We’re currently on version 4.2, but IBM has released version 5 and I hope to get started on that soon. IBM screwed up various things, like every link to a forum posts in a google search throws you to an IBM overview page. That sucks because I was having some various issues that the posts appears to speak about and I couldn’t get to them. Also, they’ve updated all the PDF documentation, but it’s not indexed with content links to pages. That sucks, because it really made it easier to find what I was looking for in the contents, click to go there, and then click around to see what’s what. I hope they continue to improve the documentation and not just stamp the IBM copyrights and things on it.

I’ve started my dieting again. I’ve been trying to lose weight since May, but nothing really changed except a pound or two fluctuation. Finally decided to cut down on Carbs and within a couple of days I’d lost a couple of pounds. I’m basically wanting to quickly drop about 20 lbs, then start slowing down a bit so I’m basically planning my diet around the South Beach plan. Not exactly like that, but I’m taking the things that make sense to me and attempting to do it. I’ve not gone gluten free really, but in a way I have. I’ve been eating all meat and my coffee contains most of my carbs.

I’ve not added the exercise back to the plan yet. I wanted to try to drop a few pounds before I do that. I’m going to start back on the treadmill to get my cardiac workout back up to speed. Before I spend the money to join a gym, I’m going to make sure I’m going to go. The last time, I ended up wasting about 40% of the membership by not going. I’m also going to start going back to see Dr. Dua, but I want to get back to where I was when I left him over a year and a half ago. I think I can get there on my own, but if I’m not seeing what I need to see in the next two months, then I’m definitely heading back over to see him again. The older I get, the tougher it is to drop extra fat.

My friend Carol’s dad was in a really bad car accident a couple of weeks ago. He was far away from home and it was on Carol’s birthday of all days. She’s keeping us up to date via FB with daily posts, which I appreciate. It’s not like it’s around the corner and I can just head over there. I’m glad that she has Tam so close that can come and provide support. Carol has been a real trouper too. She’s very diligent about the once a day post and very detailed. It’s almost as though she has been taking notes of every word the doctors, nurses and other staff tell her.  Her father has been showing some improvements, but with so many broken bones it’s taking a lot of time. As of this writing, he was still in ICU with hopes of moving him to a non ICU, but just one level down from that – like the burn unit where there is content care. Carol, her dad and mom are in my thoughts daily.

Holidays, new theme, family visit & more

Happy Holidays to all my readers!

I had a nice visit with my family over the last few days. I drove down on Thursday and made it to Myrtle Beach around 1:30 PM. It was a pleasant drive and traffic flowed without issues most of the way down. I was able to visit with Karen and Rhonda on Friday a while before heading back over to the beach for Christmas eve and Christmas day. We had a great tasting roast and a large spanakopita casserole, some collard greens, peas and more. For dessert we had some pineapple cream cake. Saturday night I put together a “broccoli pizza” (crescent roll base, with ranch cream cheese spread, topped with chopped up broccoli slaw and sharp cheddar cheese).

Sunday, I made it over the Karen’s about 12:15 PM or so. The snow had fallen and there were a few inches on the ground. As I approach, I heard there was no electricity – the snow or wind must have knocked something out somewhere. We were good for a while because most of the food could be served cold anyway (subs, etc.).  There was plenty of food too.

There were a lot of people too and when we handed out presents it was a bit chaotic. It was hard to see who was opening what so I missed the reactions of the babies opening their presents. I heard they’ll all like what they got. I’m glad.

The Diet Starts anew…

I had already planned this, but I’ve started my diet over. I’ve gained so much weight over the last few months and it is time to start losing it again. I got on the scales today and it said 234. I’ve put on at least 10 pounds in the last three or so months and it’s time to get this under control. I’m not waiting until after the new year… I’m starting today.

Of course yesterday I ate so many cookies on the way home. It was pretty much all I ate all day. I had a couple of cheese toasts when I got home, but no real meal. I need to pick up some healthy items too, like fresh apples and oranges.

Today I’ve started recording my food intake again (created a new profile in Diet Pro) and am psyching my self up and setting new goals. After some errands this after noon (after a visit with the physical therapist) I’m going to get on the tread mill and try to get a mile or two in. It will be the first time in a long time and I’ll need to work my way back into a few miles a day. I’m still coughing a bit but it’s much better than it has been. I’m hoping that once I get to breathing heavy it will be OK. I’ll keep my efforts posted.

Website Theme

The current theme is being tweaked. I’m thinking of creating my own unique theme, but I’m not sure if I’ll have time to do that. Today I just tweaked the coloring a bit and moved a few things around. If I feel like it later, I may continue to tweak it to make it “mine” in lieu of creating a brand new one.

Fitness Quick Tip #5 – Don’t Not Eat!

If you think you’re going to lose weight by not eating, but you’ll be suffering and you may gain more weight when you start eating again.

You see your body recognizes when there is a lack of food and so it slows down your calorie burning. Plus keep in mind that your body uses calories to process the foods you eat, so if you eat more often, you’ll burn more calories. The trick here is to make sure you eat the right kind and amount. Proteins take longer to process and you’ll feel fuller longer than say a glazed doughnut (or six).

To keep your system going, you should eat every three hours or so. A good breakfast mixed with complex carbs (whole wheat bread or oatmeal) along with some fresh or dried fruit. Then in about 3 hours, eat a small snack of nuts, granola or carrots. Just try to limit the morning snack to about 100 – 300 calories. Then have a decent high protein lunch. Mid-afternoon (three hours after lunch) have another 100-300 calorie snack, followed by a well balanced meal for supper.

Fitness Quick Tip #4 – Don’t Drink Your Calories

If you’re trying to control your calorie intake, use an artificial sweetener such as Splenda. You can have 3 or 4 apples for the same amount of calories (or less) than having a regular 20 oz soda!

Instead of drinking a glass of orange juice, eat an orange. Instead of apple juice, eat an apple. You get so much more out of the fruit than just the juice.

Fitness Quick Tip #3 – Get More Steps

Walk more. It’s easy. Here are some ideas to increase your daily steps.

  • Park your car further away when you go shopping. You don’t have to park at the very end of the parking lot, but the more distance between your car and the store’s doors is better!
  • Return the cart to the inside of the store instead of the outside. Don’t just drop it off at the closest cart drop.
  • Don’t try to make the fewest trips from your car to the house when toting groceries in. Make more trips!
  • Take the stairs when you can. If you live on the 20th floor, I understand not taking the stairs, but if you live just one flight up and can handle walking stairs, then do it!
  • If you work in an office building like me, try to walk around the place at least once per hour. Drink more water so you have to go to the bathroom more often and go to the bathrooms farthest away.

Do you have any more ideas on how to get more steps in? If you take less than 5,000 steps per day, you’re considered sedentary. Ideally you should be walking at least 10,000 steps per day (though I don’t always make that either).

Fitness Quick Tip #2 – Record and Measure

How Can You Adjust What You Eat and Do Unless You Know It?

You need to know what you’re currently doing so you can know what you may need to change.  Even without starting a “diet” you can record what you eat (at least calories, protein and carbohydrates. Knowing how many calories per serving is great, but you need to pay attention to the amount of servings you consume too.

Recording What you Eat

The only way you’re going to know what you eat is to write it all down. I mean every bit of it. It does take some discipline but you must do it. A simple piece of paper or a journal. No need to go out and by a food log book. Just a simple spiral bound one will do.  If you cook a lot, you may need some help in figuring it out. If you eat a lot of packaged food, use the nutritional information on that. Above all, you can use the internet to figure out how much you’re eating. I use Diet Pro 2005 (Google for it).

Create a column for the food, amount of protein, fats, carbs and calories.  And if you eat a package of food that contains more than a single serving – calculate it out to what you’ve eaten!

FF: Did you know that the Nutritional information on packages can err from 2% to  25%?

Recording What you Do

Besides know what you eat, you need to know how you are burning energy. One quick way is to get a pedometer and record the daily steps it shows. There are some really good ones out there that will allow you to record things onto a computer. Of course, just record the activities, even if you don’t know how much calories they’re using up. For example, if you take a 30 minutes walk, write that down.  Use your food journal to record activities too. Later, you may discover that walking a steady pace of 3.5 MPH for 30 minutes can burn 250 calories or more.

Fitness Quick Tip #1 – Get & Be Fit!

Try to be as fit as you can be, regardless of your diet. When starting off, the first thing you need to do is get fit. If you’re 5 pounds overweight or 150. Start exercising and get those muscles working. Start small and work your way up. If you lose your breath walking 150 feet, then you should walk 300 feet extra every day. The 600 and keep going. In a few week’s time you’ll be walking miles.

Of course you may need to check with your doctor to find out what kinds of exercising you may be able to do.