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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-12-20 06:09
Subject: [personal] A bit more on diet and weight
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Tags:health, omaha, personal, travel
Since I've been discussing my journey through health so much this year, I thought I'd mention that I've come back from a ten-day road trip with a net gain of less than a pound. This includes significant social eating in San Francisco, business meals and more social eating in Omaha, travel stress, work stress and the general derangement of life lately. In truth, I'm amazed. I'll end the year down 65+ pounds from January, and down 10 inches in my waist size.

I suppose it really comes down to portion control and very regular exercise, and a few key long-term deletions from my diet. Specifically: eliminating high fructose corn syrup and red meat, significantly reducing white starches, and significantly increasing fruits and vegetabes.

Next year: I plan to grow taller! Time to eat long foods.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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selfavowedgeek
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-12-20 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Very, very good news, Jay.

re: "Next year: I plan to grow taller! Time to eat long foods."

Just, erm, no long pig, okay? ;)
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2008-12-20 17:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
String beans, anyone?
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2008-12-20 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When you figure out that 'taller' thing, let me know, 'k?

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-12-20 14:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Me too! I could stand to gain a few more inches on the taller side.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal: book freak
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-12-20 21:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:book freak
Thirded! I'm 5'2" on a good day in a world clearly not built for Munchkins.
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kara_gnome
User: kara_gnome
Date: 2008-12-20 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's super, I hadn't realized that you'd lost so much :) Congratulations!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-20 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I actually don't think red meat is a dietary evil. In my case, it has always upset my system somewhat. I love steak, love a good burger, etc., but I had to stop eating it (along with a lot of other things) when the cancer hit, and my digestion has been vastly improved since then. That in and of itself is not directly linked to weight loss, but good digestive health has made many of my other transitions easier through making my life more pleasant.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-20 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The problem with weights is that I don't have a lifestyle conducive to hitting a gym with any consistency. Same reason I don't take yoga classes, for example, which do me a lot of good.

So I'd need to buy some equipment and get some training (in both applicable senses of the term) in order to do it at home. I can do *that* consistently, if I get the right information.

Which I've thought about, because it's the obvious next step. I'm up to 45 minutes on the bike, or 90 minutes plus on the street, so adding some strength training would be apropos at this point.

(Also, to the red meat, I've not been especially scientific about introducing one thing or another and seeing how it goes. ie, might be able to get it back on at least a limited basis. But everything balances pretty well right now, so I'm happy about.)
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-20 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-20 15:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That would excellent.
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2008-12-20 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I volunteer to be your gym buddy in Florida. You are going to love weight training. You have the right build for it.

(also, you can buy resistance bands for traveling which work just as well).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-20 15:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cool! Thank you.
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2008-12-20 15:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
See here. They look awfully cool on the beach.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-12-20 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They look awfully cool on the beach.

Heh...
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-12-20 17:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Long Foods FTW!
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ebonypearl
User: ebonypearl
Date: 2008-12-20 18:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What, your chemo didn't make you grow? When I had cancer, I grew almost 5 inches! There's nothing like stimulating the pituitary gland to gain a few extra inches - it's much less painful than the leg stretching surgeries, and more dependable than pole beans.

And congrats on the dietary changes that keep your weight stable and make you feel better. That's what dieting is supposed to be about - feeling better. The weight stabilization is just a happy plus.
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2008-12-20 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congrats on the healthy changes in your life.

If you manage to grow taller, tell me your secret? I know I'm already tall, but I wouldn't mind being a little taller (esp since I'm one of the shorter people in my family).
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cathschaffstump: hikonecat
User: cathschaffstump
Date: 2008-12-20 22:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:hikonecat
I'm thrilled for you. It's quite an accomplishment. If I could lose that much, I'd be there. Alas, I yoyo, and I'm not in the zone. Excuses? Got me some.

At any rate, it's the best present you can give yourself. Congratulations.

Catherine
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willyumtx
User: willyumtx
Date: 2008-12-21 06:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How about more metal and wood additions to your diet. Start your transformation into a steam punk punk writer of steam punk.
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