In what is surely one of the more under-reported epidemics I must admit that I – along with Kabuki until fairly recently — have run afowl of decent public behaviour in not disclosing my bout with the “Life Sucker” flu. Don’t know of it? Well I created the name but don’t let that put you off, it’s for real. What starts as a cold, turns into a feverish flu like thing for a day (or two) and then just keeps you in this perpetual state of tiredness and congestion for weeks.
Fuck. My marathon in October is looking more and more daunting.
If you’re a Magnesium lover than the news just keeps on getting better. This article from Life Extension Magazine writes about work being done at MIT which suggests a particular form of Magnesium — Magnesium-L-threonate — may help the brain with memory loss (aka, help the brain stop memory loss). Now I must admit I don’t know the folks over at Life Extension so I don’t know if their natural bias (aka, they sell supplements including Magnesium) plays out in their reporting so please read with normal caution.For instance, I do hope that their referencing of MIT is fair and accurate representation and not just an attempt to just borrow credibility. Well that’s my paranoia at work. Would love to hear from others if they have a view on the credibility of this article.
Read on for more information.
Novel Magnesium Compound Reverses Neurodegeneration – Life Extension:
I try a lot of different software for running because I like to see what’s out there but the downside is that the data is a bit scattered around. Today I decided to move it all into RunKeeper and to my surprise (not shocking surprise) I had a big drop-off in running miles in January (the right most month) rather than the nice trend line I was building into in 2011. Now that is partially due to throwing my back out for a week but it must also be said that my rigour of 2011 is not quite as strong, I don’t feel quite the same purpose, I probably feel a little too content with my weight loss already achieved.
Well this is just a post to say … no more. Watch out February. Admittedly the first week has only one run in it (8.5miles) and there are only 28 days in it (where’s leap day when you need it). Still, no excuses, I’m going to blow it out from here onward.
Was noticing that my weight over the past month has been slowly decreasing but at the same time my (reported) body fat has increased. What up? During this period I would say I have been spending more time at the gym with weights so if anything I’d expect more lean mass; I have a hard time believing I’m loosing lean mass. Anyway, I have no answer to this so open to any suggestions. It may just be that body fat measurements aren’t that great in the short term but a month is longer than just “short term”.
As many of you know I’ve been doing a great job this year of losing weight. So well, in fact, that I decided to step it up another notch? Am I crazy? Yeah probably but let’s stay focused on my diet idea. So “my idea” isn’t really mine, I’ve borrowed it, but that doesn’t mean I won’t claim ownership in a few months if it works. What is it? Well it’s based on the Shangri-Li diet. Ever heard of it? Google it and you’ll find out what I’m talking about. It’s been around for 6-7 years now and has a rather strong following mainly down to some of it’s characteristics which include:
- Eat anything you want
- Eat as much as you want
- Drink until your drunk (I made that one up)
- Lose weight without ever feeling hungry
Sound to good to be true? Well I guess we’ll see. The basic idea is your body has a self-regulating system that is aiming at a particular weight (called a “set point”); if you’re below the set point you’re hungry, if you’re above it you’re full, if you’re at it you’re just not thinking about food. The diet focuses on lowering your set point rather than your weight but your weight inevitably follows. If you’re interested take a look online and let me know if you decide to take the plunge too.
For years I’ve heard people complain about how they’re “drinking too much coffee” or that “coffee is really bad for you”. I never really believed it although secretly i wondered if my belief was weighted by self-motivated reasons (aka, I’m a big fan of caffeine). Well I came across this blog post recently that has basked my eyes-wide-open world view with some much needed credibility. Rather than supporting my viewpoint from the perspective of “yeah just cuz I think so” I can now point to this article:
- By Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Executive
Now some will say … who is this Dave Asprey? What does he know. You cynical bastard! Well fair enough and I appreciate your critical thinking; critical thinking that undoubtedly could benefit from a piping hot cup of coffee. So my short retort is this … Dave Asprey is certain opinionated. He’s flies against the grain of mainstream thinking quite often. He may even be a wing-nut for all I know but he’s very thorough, he seems to take a scientific approach to his view (although it’s hard to tell whether his view if formed by his research or his research is a mechanism to back up his view), and he has dedicated his life to becoming more aware of his body partly by challenging “conventional wisdom” (an oxymoron if there ever was one particularly in the field of personal analytics and healthcare where so little is know about the individuality of humans).
I was reading the article below and wondering … is it that I spend so much time in front of a computer that I’ve developed near-sitedness in my 40′s? If you have an opinion feel free to contribute it but in the mean time … at least I have something to blame now. :^)
Bad eyes ‘linked to time indoors’:
The time children spend outdoors could be one factor which reduces their risk of being short-sighted, research suggests.
(Via BBC News – Health)
My new FitBit has arrived today and not only does it appear to work but they sent me the updated version that has a sensor for altitude and is meant to measure stairs/steps. Not sure if this new sensor will be helpful for me but I’m happy to try it out.
I love tracking data about myself. I have kept track of my weight and body fat for years. When I run or cycle I track my routes with GPS applications. Now, during the day I measure my general activity levels through the FitBit clip. In any case, if you’re anything like me you appreciate how this data provides insights and motivation toward achieving goals.
This past week I spoke at London’s monthly Quantified Self group about a question that had been rattling around in my head for some time …
Is it my interest in the underlying data or the ease of getting the data that makes me successful with some measurements and not others?
I don’t think there is a definitive answer as each person brings their own circumstances and context into the problem but I would like to know more about how people think about this. For this reason I’m conducting a simple survey on this topic and if you’ve got 5 minutes free I’d love it if you’d fill in the survey here:
Survey: Interest versus Ease of Entry in Tracking