Tag Archives: lose weight

A Cheese Story That Seems A Tad Too Cheesy.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Story from the U.K. “Daily Mail”, Sept. 3, 2018.


Regular readers of this blog will know that I LOVE — no, ADORE — cheese. I could live on cheese. I never tire of eating cheese. I ATE a LOT of cheese, each and every day.

But, for the last three weeks, since my dreaded annual physical (with my Indian doctor) I have laid off the cheese.

My physical, as ever, was a nightmare — more so this year since I had put on MORE weight since last year. My doctor gave me heck. I have to lose weight … ideally 20 pounds. That is not going to be easy. But, I am going to try. So, for a start I gave up cheese. In the last three weeks all I have had is ONE (1) thin slice of American white! That is it. Have NOT lost any weight, though. If anything I probably gained some.

So, this story was music to my eyes! But, I am not that gullible. There is method to my madness. I appreciate that cheese in moderation probably will do you no harm, but I am skeptical that large quantities of cheese will do you good. I could, however, be wrong. Alas, I can’t put this to the test. Too much to lose — so to speak. I can’t take any chances. I have to try and lose some weight.

But, I wanted to share this with you.


Related Posts:
Check Category ‘Health Care.
Search on ‘cheese.


by Anura Guruge


New Hampshire 2018 TOPLESS Season Is Now Officially Open — May 29.

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.



Yes, today, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, was THE day. First time I ran topless this Summer. A tad late in the year, I think, BUT I was glad.

Yesterday was COLD. Wore sweats. This morning it was in the very low 70s. Thought I would need my sleeveless T-shirt. Actually put it on. But, once I got outside I realized that it was plenty warm enough to go topless.

It is always good to run topless. Don’t ask me why I was running a tad faster as my the pace on my Fenix 5 kept on informing me. At one point I slowed down to a near stop to make sure that the pace was correct.

This is ~13 pounds of added weight get up. ~5 pounds on the wrist the rest in the backpack.

Yes, I KNOW. I need to lose at least 20 pounds. Put this weight on during the last year. Not sure why. Probably because I am eating/drinking too much and not exercising enough. Plus I am cheating more on my low-carb diet. Yes, I know. I have to lose weight. I look like Trump. YIKES.

But, the good news. REJOICE.

The New Hampshire 2018 topless season, for BOTH genders, is now open — and remember there are NO STATE ordinances stopping you going topless.


Related posts:
Search ‘topless’.


by Anura Guruge


 

Low-Carb Diet Needed Modification After 3 Years.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, I have been on my low-carb diet, without exception, for over 3 years — having started it on January 22, 2013 when I was ‘diagnosed’ with prediabetes. I lost (close to) 30 pounds very quickly and until the start of this year, i.e., 2016, had no trouble staying at a steady weight, viz. 163 lbs, which represented a 26 pound weight loss.

This was not the first time I had done low-carb/Atkin. I had done it twice before, both with great success, albeit just for about a year each time. So this is the longest I have been on this low-carb diet. I am used to being on a specific, unwavering diet or regime for long periods. I was on my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK for 10 years or so! NO, it is not a matter of ‘willpower‘. I do not subscribe to willpower since it conotes a power struggle between you and your brain. That is not good. What you need instead is 100% cooperation and harmony between you and your brain. Then things like sticking to a diet becomes a piece of cake. I just finished writing a book about this. It is called “Brain Meditation” since that is how you achieve that harmony. More about that later when I get around to publishing the book.

Anywho … I have no problem, whatsoever, with dying. Have always been like that. What scares the life out of me is living through the complications of diabetes! I was 7 years old when my beloved uncle, a renowned doctor, told me that it would only be a matter of time BEFORE I got diabetes. So in 1960 he pulled out this brown bottle of Saccharin pills and said “no sugar for you”. Use this. Though I ate a LOT of sweets — cakes, desserts and puddings in particular — well into my 30s I never took sugar (other than on my egg-hoppers). [Yes, of course, I know I am strange.] So now facing diabetes it is a choice. Low-carb to delay it, or living with diabetes. More I that is a no-brainer.

Up until the start of this year I had found that I could eat as much meat and cheese as I wanted without adding to my weight (or losing weight during the early days). So I snacked on ham, chicken/turkey/pork ‘hot dogs’ and cheese. I LOVE CHEESE. I can live on cheese, if I had to. So for 3 years I put no limits on my cheese, ‘hot dog’, ham and meat consumption. I was doing good and my cholesterol levels were beyond enviable.

Then this January things started to change. My weight started to slowly creep up and I couldn’t shed it. That was strange. I was also having digestion issues — despite my daily Metamucil regime (of 25 years) and above-average consumption of vegetables, greens & fruits. I was not happy. My weight went up to 169. I could have, if I wanted, stayed at that. That would have been the 20 pounds I was told to lose. But I did not like being at 169. I was happier at 162 – 163. So, as ever, I gave it a lot of thought. Finally realized that it had to be the cheese, ham and processed ‘hot dogs’. Yes, the salt was making me retain water. So I basically eliminated, ‘cold turkey’, the cheese and hot dogs — which had been daily staples for 3 years. Yep, I can do that (and so could YOU if you practice ‘brain meditation’). So now I just eat a little bit of real (unprocessed meat) at snacks and maybe less than an ounce of cheese. Make up for that with fruit.

Today, after 3 weeks of that modified diet I was at 159. I like 159. I am going to stay on this. Let’s see if I lose more weight. As an adult I have been down to 142 lbs — when I started my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK diet. Went from 204 to 142 in about 6 months. At 142 I was a skeleton. You could see every one of my ribs.

Anywho …

Just wanted to SHARE with you. IF you are on low-carb for an extended period of time (and I hope you are) — then think about cutting way back (way back) on cheese, ham and processed meat. [I was never a big bacon eater though I eat a lot of pork.]


Coming Soon.

brainmeditationcoverfirst


egghoppers

Egg Hoppers — the only thing I ate with (raw) sugar since I was 7 years old. But I haven’t eaten one in 24 years! Sad isn’t it?

Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘diet’ for lots of other related posts & pictures. 


by Anura Guruge

New Year Resolution For 2014 — Ditto As 2013, Not For I, But For YOU. Befriend YOUR Brain And Life Will Be Good.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



..
.
.
by
Anura Guruge


Do yourself a huge favor. Click, read and heed.

Do yourself a huge favor. Click, read and heed.


P1060794I really don’t bother with New Year’s resolutions — anymore. I am too far gone to fix at this old age.

I did, for the first time in years, make one though! I am going to, yet again, personally feed birds (no, no, no … the feathered variety). I already started. Bought some birdseed at Lowe’s yesterday. To Teischan’s delight we already have quite a few birds. I used to feed birds, squirrels and chipmunks (and we will not talk about me putting honey out for bears). Kind of got out of the habit. But, I miss having LOTS of birds around. So that is my 2014 New Year resolution.

I think I did OK in 2013. I lost 30 pounds without trying and published 9 books. Of course, I could have done better and I feel that I failed BECAUSE I missed publishing 10! I am 82% done on the next book. I could have tried to get it done but I gave up. I, think, I also had 400,000(+) hits on my 4 main blogs this year. But, above all, I was happy, invariably had a grin on my face and enjoyed every day of the year. Thank you, brain. You are a good friend.

But, IF you didn’t befriend YOUR brain last year,
do it this year.
Life will never be the same again for YOU.

 

Life is so much better when your brain is on your side.

I will confess that I din’t pay as much attention to my brain in 2013 as I normally do. I was aware of that. Yes, there was some complacency, but my brain knew that. It was a kind of truce. We have been friends for so long that it cuts me slack on occasion — and 2013 was one of those. It knew I was busy. Funny that. It knows everything about me. Yes, I worked it overtime in 2013. But, we are OK.

Now it is YOUR turn. Screw Facebook (though I am Facebook shareholder, but not a subscriber). Talk to your brain. Ask your brain how it is doing?

Happy New Year.

Enjoy Having Your Brain As A Friend — Your Best Friend.

I Have Lost Two Large Turkeys Worth Of Weight Since Last Thanksgiving.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

2012 Thanksgiving at the Sheraton Portsmouth



..

 .by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
++++ Search ‘diet‘ for other posts re. my diet >>>>


Since yesterday morning I have been trying to defrost a 18 pound turkey for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner.

This morning I was lugging it around, and it is quite heavy, to put it in a large pan of water, when I suddenly realized that I had lost much more weight than this heavy turkey in my hand. It was quite a realization.

As of this week I have lost over 30(+) pounds since January 22 of this year. That is when my cardiologist told me to lose 20 pounds. Well, I am an overachiever, plus on this low-carb diet I will lose weight. I am not trying too hard. I am NEVER hungry. I eat more than I ever did. Just very little carbs. I am sure my cholesterol is probably in excess of 500 … but he didn’t tell me to reduce my cholesterol (which was in the 90s). I only take 10mg of Liptor so I have plenty of scope to increase my dose.

I hope you all realize that turkey and ham is on sale all over N.H. this week. I have an upright freezer full of ham and turkeys! I have been picking up both every time I go by a supermarket. I am afraid to count. But, I think we have at least 5 turkeys and 5 hams — not counting what I took out for tomorrow.

So I went and fished out a 12 pound turkey.

That was 30 pounds. Devanee lugged them. She was suitably impressed.

30 pounds is 30 pounds.

Anura Guruge

The turkey in the green wrapping is 12 pounds. The other one, which we are having for Thanksgiving, is 18 pounds. So 30 pounds together. The weight I have lost since Thanksgiving last year; 189 pounds down to 159 pounds. Click if you dare.



The Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale (With BIA) That I Adored Goes On The Blink. I Am Bummed.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>>
It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


The last two days have not been good when it comes to electronic equipment. Not sure whether it is a coincidence to do with the ‘instant’ heat wave we are having. Thursday night my workhorse PC blew up! Much to Deanna’s amazement I did not go off the rails — mainly because I had taken the precaution, years ago, of having a 95% the same, backup system, pre-configured and ready to go.

The next morning, as is my wont, I weighed myself. Scales worked fine. I then went for my run. When I came back I hopped on the scales again because it amuses me to see how much water I have expended during the run. I do that most days too. So nothing new. Same routine.

The scales went ballistic! Told me I weighted 420 pounds! I wish. I would write a book about that. The damn scales were going crazy. Numbers rotating on the display like non-stop.

I removed the batteries and re-seated them. It was still demented. I tried again. Tried to rest it. Then it started saying that my batteries were low. As it happened we happened to have two spare batteries — and it takes those round, flat batteries as opposed to AA, AAA or 9V.

Still won’t work. Now it won’t register a weight. It will give me all my stored information but when I stand on it it displays NADA.

I am not amused. I loved those scales. I sang their praises.

They have a 1-800 number. That is a joke.

Checked with Amazon. I had bought them in January. So the normal return window has expired. Yes, I can still return it for a partial credit. I only paid ‘$20’ in total for these scales due to some Amazon promotion. So in the end not worth bitching too much.

But, Ozeri — I would never buy one of your products again.

Deanna has found a few possibles … in the $40 range. Given my diet regime I do need to keep track of my weight. So … yet another expense.

A pox on Ozeri.

I Did IT. I Did It. I Lost The 20 Pounds I Was Told To Lose. Took Me 110 Days, i.e., 3 Months 3 Weeks.

Dec2013x125



..
.
by
Anura Guruge


A Few Related Posts:
>>
‘Fast Diet’ losing weight the right way — Mar. 29, 2013.
>>
Will power, wrong way to lose weight — Jan. 28, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II digital bath scales with BMI — Feb. 14, 2013.

>> NH Maple weekend — Mar. 26, 2013.


jump_for_joyIt wasn’t hard per se. I never expected it to be hard. I am the past master of losing weight — when I set my mind to it, i.e., I have a chat with my best friend, ‘my brain’, and we agree that we together, working hand-in-hand, will achieve that goal.

Deanna picked up my blood work results on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. My blood sugar was ‘102‘ — I was now officially prediabetic, ‘100’ the cut-off. I had hovered at ’99’ for a number of years. Thought I was ‘only’ around 185 pounds I decided I was going to lose weight.

Saw my rake-thin cardiologist two days later, on January 24. Per their scales, fully dressed (for winter), I was 193 pounds. As soon as I got home I ordered a new, digital bathroom scales with automated, BIA-technology based BMI calculations. So, I ended up with the Ozeri Gen II (ZB011). I love it. That it shows your weights to the ‘tenths’ helps. You can really watch your weight fluctuate in terms of ounces. Per the Ozeri I weighed 189 pounds and  my BMI never was beyond the dreaded ’25’. I am now at ‘17‘ per the Ozeri – and this morning after my run, the Ozeri read, exactly: ‘169.0‘! 

I don’t know what my blood work is. I haven’t had it tested since. Yes, I lost the weight by eliminating carbs. But, that means I am eating more cheese and meats. The last time I did this, about 8 years ago, my blood work was the best ever. But I was younger.

So my cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Hanlon, of Catholic Medical (in Manchester, NH), a man of few words, tells me that I should lose 20 pounds. I was bit taken back. But, it was funny he did not tell me to in anyway change my exercise regime once he heard about my slogging up Prospect Mountain Hill and snow shoveling.

I thought I would lose the 20 pounds in 3 months. I am not that thrilled that it took me 3 weeks longer. But, the trip to Arizona set me back 10 days. Though I did NOT cheat, even once, my whole system was out of whack.

This was really a modified Atkins — and I am an Atkins devotee ever since Deanna steered me towards his approach c. 2005. As I told Dr. Hanlon it is impossible, today, to totally eliminate carbs from your diet. There are carbs even in most salad dressings – and no, I am not going to live on Balsamic Vinaigrette alone. I was also not going to sacrifice my daily, diluted (large) glass of red wine. Long time ago I worked out that there were two mandatory things, other than oxygen and food, I needed in order to function (and especially, to write): sex and red-wine. So the red wine was staying though what I now drink, other than very, very rare occasions (like once every month), is a ‘disgusting’ watery mix. Then there is oatmeal. Though I take both flaxseed and Metamucil, daily, I like my oatmeal. I like proper, celtic-style steel-cut oatmeal — and Deanna will make it for me, if I ask. But, the one thing I do cheat on, especially if when we are travelling is, McDonald’s oatmeal. I have liked it from the day it came out. Yes, I know it has a bunch of ‘unhealthy’ stuff, but if this is my ‘indulgence’ — you can do much worse.

So, that is it. I will continue on this diet for the foreseeable future. The chances are that I will lose a few more pounds. IF I get to 165 pounds, I will have to reevaluate matters. I don’t want to go much below that. My ribs start to show.

IF you want to lose weight my way, let me know. I will help you out. Yes, I am supposed to, per Deanna, write a book about my diet, and it is on the list.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Fasting For Two Consecutive Days Is Just Plain Wrong. It Is Immoral. Everything In Moderation. Fast Every Other Day. 3 Days A Week.

Dec2013x125



..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related Post:
fastdietoriginal


2dayswrongI am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

As such I have been much bothered ever since I heard about this inane fast for 2 consecutive days diet on CNN yesterday morning. I have talked to a few people about it since.

Fasting is good. Fasting works. I am all in favor of fasting. I just KNOW that fasting for 2 consecutive days is not the right way to do it.

The one thing from the Buddhism that I grew up with that I still adhere to is the ‘everything in moderation‘ advice (though I am willing to make an exception to that when it comes to sex). But, when it comes to dieting, and especially Fast Dieting you have to do it in moderation.

Fasting, indubitably, stresses your body. Yes, you learn to cope with it and that is why I insist that you have to torque up your ‘good’ hormone production, with exercise and orgasms, to counter this stress.

Fasting and ‘binging’ though the natural and obvious thing to do is also not right. Moderation. Yes, I did say ‘splurge’ on weekends. But, notice that that splurging was accompanied by 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Please, by all means adopt a Fasting Diet — but please don’t fast for 2 consecutive days and please remember you have no choice but to ramp up those hormones.

All the best. Enjoy. Happy Easter.

‘Fast Diet’, Losing Weight By Fasting The RIGHT WAY. Not Consecutive Days. That Is Crazy. 3 Days/Week – Every Other Day.

Dec2013x125

From the back cover of my 1984 'SNA' book. Picture taken in 1983. I was 30.

From the back cover of my 1984 ‘SNA’ book. Picture taken in 1983. I was 30.



..
.
by
Anura Guruge


A Few Related Posts:
>>
Will power, wrong way to lose weight — Jan. 28, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II digital bath scales with BMI — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> NH Maple weekend — Mar. 26, 2013.


I am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

I practiced it, extremely gainfully, from 1982 till about 1995. That was from when I was ~ 29 years old to when I was 42. 

I went from 203 pounds to 135 pounds, within 6 months, then came back up to ~165 and stayed as such way into the 1990s.

This morning I heard about a new ‘Fast Diet’ craze sweeping the globe and was appalled to hear what it advocated. That approach is stupid and wrong. The consecutive days of fasting that they advocate will give you ulcers and make you ill.

Trust me. I know more about ‘fast dieting’ than anybody else around because I did it.

But ‘fasting’ cannot be successfully achieved without an exercise regime around it. Notice how I carefully worded that. The exercise, though obviously good on its own, is required for the HORMONES and CHEMICALS! Exercise, as you must know, is known to release chemicals and hormones into the blood stream. Those help suppress your appetite. Get it. Lots of sex helps too.

Here was my fasting diet cum exercise regime a year after I started (given that it took me a while to fine tune this regime).



Monday: FAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Tuesday: very light breakfast, light lunch & big dinner. No exercise. No running. Day off.

WednesdayFAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Thursday: very light breakfast, light lunch & big dinner.  No exercise. No running. Day off.

FridayFAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Saturday: Splurge. Big British breakfast. Decent lunch. Decent dinner. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Sunday: Splurge. Big British breakfast. Decent lunch. Decent dinner. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.



No beer. As much coffee and wine as you want. Plenty of sex, as much as you can. Average one(+) orgasm a day, more the better. The orgasms are very important. As with the exercise they release beneficial hormones and it is always aerobic. With this diet you need as much help from your own hormones as you can to block out ‘feed me’ signals.

Me at 30 about a year into my fasting diet.

Me at 30 about a year into my fasting diet.


Yes, I went on saw specialists. I, very atypically, because I was working for ITT, had private health care insurance, called BUPA. I could go to see private consultants. I was urged to go and see one. It was in 1983. Much happened in 1983 — the year that I turned 30. It was a fancy, very plush health clinic.

They wanted an EKG. I had never had one. I was taken to a room and told to strip down to my underwear — which in my case would have been Y-front briefs. A nurse walks in with the electrodes and gel. Tells me to lie down. She is very young. Quite nice. I lie down. She brushes her hand over my chest. She starts chatting. Then she continues to stroke my chest and stomach. I am lying there thinking this is not bad. She stops talking. She is just stroking away. Suddenly she stops. She turns beet red. She looks at me and runs out of the room. She is back a few minutes later, apologizing and apologizing. I wasn’t even sure what the problem was. I was cool. I am always happy to help, especially young nurses. This more than anything else was affirmation for me that this fasting diet/exercise regime was sure paying dividends.

Anyway she did the EKG. I was fine. I met with the doctor.

This is what he said: ‘Think about. Our ancestors did not eat everyday. They ate when they caught food. You are not doing any harm to your system. Don’t go crazy. If it is working, do it’.

More about this diet later. I had no problems. I was never tired. Worked like a crazy man. I worked full-time and then was doing writing and seminars on the side. Played even harder. Got myself into a lot of ‘mischief’ — which was fun, but expensive. But maybe it was worth it.

The fasting diet as I spelled out above, WORKS. I can vouch for it. But you have to have all the other trimming around it.

Enjoy. Let me know how you are getting on with it.

Anura0001

Same day as the other picture. It was photoshoot done by the British ‘Computing’ newspaper.

My New Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale With BIA-Based Body Fat Calculation; I Love It.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>>
It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


My Ozeri Gen II on our bathroom floor.

My Ozeri Gen II on our bathroom floor.

As I talked about in my earlier post I ordered this digital scale because the old, analog one we had was obviously wrong. We have since worked out that it was about 6 – 8 pounds out! Then I remembered. I had bought it because I liked what it read.

We have had the Ozeri for about 2 weeks. I love it, though it tells me, daily, that I am heavier than I would like to be. It is uncompromising and with its decimal readings you don’t get to round up or down. It is as it says.

But, indubitably, the best $21 I have spent in a very long time — since Amazon still gave me free shipping even though it was under $25, and for a change, I wasn’t ordering anything else.

It is $39.95 on Amazon today. Not sure how I got it for $21. It was on sale for $29 that day.

As I had suspected it does ask you to enter your age, height and target weight. It uses that to identify you, it being able to identify 4 separate people based on the target weight specified.

My 21.2% body fat ratio from few days ago. I think it might have gone dowin since.

My 21.2% body fat ratio from few days ago. I think it might have gone dowin since.

That you enter your height means that it can work out your body fat, or Body Mass Index (BMI), by just dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches. But, it insists that it does not and instead does so by measuring your Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). I was skeptical, and as a professional cynic, I still am. But, from day one it insisted that my Body Fat Ratio as it calls it was good. I was impressed. For my advanced age, according to its handbook, my Body Fat Ratio should be in the 11 to 22 range to be ‘Healthy’. 22 – 28 is overweight and 28-80 is obese. When I turn 60 in a few months I can have a 13-25 range and still be in healthy.

Day one it had me a tad over 22. I was cool. I knew I was overweight. But, as I started to lose weight it came down. In a few days I was down below 22. But, per this scale it was impossible to shed even a pound. I went for about 4 days at the same weight. Then slowly it started to agree that I was losing weight. The decimal readings are unforgiving. So, if I am 182.3, I am 182.3. Not 182 and I can go at 182.3 for 3 days. But it is also scarily precise. On Saturday after I had been shoveling snow for 90 minutes I weighted myself. I had not drunk or eaten anything since I had weighed myself before going out to shovel. It said I had lost 2.25 pounds! That is just dehydration.

Love the scale. It is a work of art too. So far so good. I will get myself properly weighted again soon as I can get a feel as to its readings.

I will keep you posted.