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Archive for August, 2009

Forced Pharmacology

Monday, August 31st, 2009

In a recent post over at Natural News, Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” raised the alarm (or maybe I should say yet another alarm), this time over a recent bill making its way — so far successfully — through the Massachusetts state legislature.

It’s called the “Pandemic Response Bill” 2028, and describes the circumstances whereby flu vaccinations and quarantines could be mandated by government force, ostensibly in preparation for a potentially greater swine flu outbreak.

It always a little scary when lawmakers even hazard to consider such unConstitutional measures, but allow me to paint a little silver under that cloud… If it’s challenged and makes it to the US Supreme Court, there is some precedence in favor of the individual. I’m thinking specifically of Sell v. U.S., Case No. 02-5664, which I followed with interest some six years ago.

In that case, Dr. Sell, a dentist, was found incompetent to stand trial on Medicaid fraud charges. The prosecutor sought have him forcibly drugged with anti-psychotic medication to make him so. In the end, the Supreme Court ruled in the doctor’s favor, upholding his, in the words of Richard Glen Boire, Director of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, “fundamental right of every American to control his or her own thought processes.”

What are your thoughts on this bill and similar altruism by force?

Eat To Live – Midway Point

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

I’m halfway through the Eat To Live Six Week Plan. As some have pointed out, it’s not really all that different from how I had been eating anyway. It’s just that I’d let some cravings take over and got sloppy about my calorie control.

I’m happy to say, this past week went very well…

An average calorie intake of 1850

Walking and working on the treadmill every day

No alcohol (3 weeks now)

Only 2 cups of coffee in the mornings

No grains (well, ok, a little corn on the cob)

No nut butters

And, lastly, lots and lots of beans/legumes!

The results of all this “effort?” (The quotes are because it’s not nearly as hard as you may think or as it may sound.)

Feeling great, BUT same weight.  I have to tell you:

;)  The plan for further improvements this week is to 1) add in more lifting with the free weights or get back on the Bowflex and 2) continue decreasing the mid-meal snacking — I’ve made some progress in this department, but could do better.

So, how are YOU doing?!

SurfShelf Treadmill Desk

Friday, August 14th, 2009

My new SurfShelf finally arrived! (I got the shipment notice from the USPS about a week ago.) Anyway, if you can’t tell, I’m psyched. :)

On the very first outing, I easily spent an hour on it. I thought I’d have to set the treadmill speed at something like 1 MPH to get anything done, but found I could still type competently at 3 MPH, so that’s what I did. It’s not quite ergonomically correct though, and I could feel it immediately in the wrists.

On the other hand, if you only plan on watching videos (you’ll want to use headphones, if you’ve a loud treadmill), live chess, or reading emails or books online, you could easily walk faster as there’s no jiggle to the setup.

The instructions were confusing at first, but once you get the general idea, the exact configuration of straps seems quite forgiving.

For example, in these pictures, you can see I have the strap in the front coming over the magnetic on switch, so I ended up looping it under the bar. Also, they provide a second strap in case you don’t have a crossbar at all. In that case, you’d loop one around the left arm and one around the right. There’s also a velcro strap to secure the laptop on the shelf.

Definitely a good investment and a heck of a lot cheaper than the elaborate wooden treadmill desks! Now, I just need to make sure I don’t spend TOO much time on it or I’ll rack up the electric bill. ;)

PS – Until the end of August, they’re offering a promotional coupon code, good for $5 off (basically S&H). Highlight between the brackets for your limited-time discount [surfshelfsummer5].

Wait Weight – Wrong Way!

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Say that title five times fast! ;)

I’ve been delaying an update on the first week of my Six Week Plan challenge results for a couple reasons:

  1. Disappointment
  2. New toy has not arrived

I’m disappointed because, despite not having a drink since Friday, the last day in July, no nut butters since Tuesday (when the opened jars were finally finished off), and a major reduction in coffee to two cups of black in the morning, I’ve actually gained 2.6 lbs from August first to today (Sunday, Aug 9th).

I hypothesize a few contributing factors.

  • The approximately 145 calories in a bottle of beer being replaced by real food. (See Alcohol Calories and Weight for some references suggesting they don’t count as much.)
  • Less exercise than I would’ve liked.
  • Still had some corn tortillas to clean out (just one a day, but still… now going grain-free for a while to test it).

Maybe it’s all the beans too, though I don’t want to lay any blame at their feet; legumes rule!

So, what’s this new toy for which I was holding off posting an update? Well, it shipped early in the week, so I expected it’d be here by Thursday. Still no show. I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. :)

Anyway, I got myself a treadmill laptop holder and was looking forward to doing my update from there. Next one will be. I’ll let you know how it goes!

The good news is, if you were to have asked me how it was going, without aid of a scale, I would’ve told you great. I feel slimmer and better. Weird. Now my body just has to get the message.

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