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[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 13:57:22 EDT from kc5tja

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If you don't mind falling asleep, I'm more or less video blogging its progress from zero to working computer. is the video channel I'm maintaining for this purpose. I have a 3rd episode recorded and is waiting to be uploaded; I just ran out of time today. I'll try getting it uploaded later tonight after work.

[#] Mon Jul 09 2018 15:20:15 EDT from fleeb

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I beat diabetes.

Last Nov, in time for Thanksgiving, I learned I had diabetes. I put myself on a diet to reverse it.

Last week, the results of the blood work performed that week came in, and I kicked its ass. I'm so not diabetic now.

I went from 230 lbs in Nov to 160 lbs now, and I do feel considerably better.

[#] Mon Jul 09 2018 15:47:24 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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That's a HUGE achievement. Congratulations.

I lost nearly 100 lbs. It's NOT easy.

[#] Mon Jul 09 2018 19:31:40 EDT from zooer

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Fantastic guys.  Congratulations on your accomplishment! 

[#] Tue Jul 10 2018 07:39:36 EDT from fleeb

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Thanks, all.

It's a test of one's willpower, to be sure. At the office, Friday is bagel and donut day, and I had to smell that every time I walked into the breakroom, testing my will to resist it, heh.

Funny thing is, I could safely eat those now, but I intend to continue avoiding them. I think the tricky bit, at this point, is figuring out how much I can properly eat without losing or gaining weight.

[#] Tue Jul 10 2018 14:48:09 EDT from kc5tja

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Congratulations! That is definitely not a small achievement.

My small achievement, on the other hand, is that I signed up for a gym where the personnel there actually take the time to train you. Like everyone's heard of using rollers to roll out muscle tissue and working out kinks and stuff. How many people actually spend an *hour* doing that, in pain, with tears welling up because it hurts so much? It's cliche; it reminded me of those kung fu movies where they hyper-stretch new students, but at the end of it all, it was worth it and required. My legs are sore from just the rolling, but hot damn if the coach wasn't right -- they are far more limber than they were before, and overall I feel substantially better.

(He says, at this gym, average new-comers spend about a month just learning how to properly roll and for the pain to subside as the body gets used to the process. *NO* 24-hour fitness ever told me any of these things.)

[#] Wed Jul 11 2018 05:54:27 EDT from fleeb

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Huh... that sounds interesting, kc5tja.

I don't know if we have a gym in the area quite like that. But then, knowing the people in this area, it'd only get abused somehow. The folks here aren't the nicest individuals you could have as neighbors. When I retire, I definitely will move from this place.

"Rolling"? Is this some form of massage?

[#] Wed Jul 11 2018 10:42:34 EDT from LoanShark

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Foam rollers. Particularly useful for the iliotibial band.

Body weight massage is helpful the same way. There's a technique where you can put most of your body weight on your elbow, and use that to massage your partners gluetes/hamstrings/IT band. Builds lots of pressure.

[#] Thu Jul 12 2018 13:21:08 EDT from kc5tja

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Rolling, in this case, was not on foam, but on PVC pipe covered in a thin carpet. These were definitely quite hard. It also relies on body weight, not just for calves, but thighs and back as well.

I also learned yesterday some neck stretching using the same roller that frankly almost put me to sleep snoring. I walked into the gym with a migrane, and walked out without one. (Though it came back later in the day.) That's how effective those stretches and rolls were. No doctor has helped before.
No chiropractor. No diet (save for the keto diet). Nothing.

I'm quite pleased with this gym. For the price I thought I was paying the typical bay area rich-part-of-town tax, but I can see that they're worth more than I had expected.

[#] Mon Jul 16 2018 19:34:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Oh my ... you live in the SF Bay area? How do you afford to eat?

[#] Wed Jul 18 2018 13:32:34 EDT from fleeb

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Huh... I didn't think of that.

Move to the SF Bay area for an enforced diet.

[#] Wed Jul 18 2018 14:57:32 EDT from kc5tja

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I have a job?

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