Wednesday, June 18, 2014
* No matter how carefully I write, rewrite or edit my blogs, people see what they want to see, XOR what they don't want to see in them. Social media, in general, and SP blogs in particular are a MORT (Massively Online Rohrschach Test). Yes, there are a few (too few) readers who get something meaningful out of this.
* If I wanted to get the most play, here, my constant topic would be inspirational drivel. As I've said before, if you're so inspired, where's the results?
* The only constant is that: if I have an intriguing title I get more comments. (Hence today's subject. >;-))
* The previous's blog was about limited SP computing resource and agonizing time delays, exacerbated by an ever increasing ad stream. It was not about pop-up ads.
I give up! :-|
Monday, June 16, 2014
I've talked about tipping points before, but I may have found a new tipping point for me.
The popups ads at SparkPeople.com are so frequent, numerous and invasive at SparkPeople, AND the limited amount of computing and communications resource that SparkPeople is devoting to their web site is making my use of it cost prohibitive (in terms of my time)!
At first, I thought it was my browser. But, browser doesn't matter. Then, I thought it might be the fact that I blocked them. Blocking (or not) also doesn't matter. Extensions and add-ins also don't matter.
Ads I don't mind. Time-wasting I will not tolerate!
Looks like I may have to find an alternative.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Portion control may be a problem, but it is definitely NOT the solution, IMAO. Or, rather, it's the wrong place to start trying to solve the problem of weight and health management
For me, the key to portion control is planning. Not just planning at the time I take a portion, but long-term planning.
1. I don't eat things that make me want more of those things. Rice, for me, is a principal example. Most bread also falls into this category.
2. I don't eat things where the calorie to satisfaction ratio is high. There are so many things that fall into this category that time and bits preclude a catalog. However, it includes all deep-fat fried foods, all fast foods, junk food such as potato chips, snack crackers, candy, cake (except for birthday celebrations), almost all packaged, processed foods, beef and pork sausages (including hot dogs), and beer and booze (most of the time--360 out of 365 days, at least).
3. I limit my meat intake to about 8 ounces per day. I usually only eat lean beef, chicken or pork. I rarely have chicken with the skin on it. Fish is an exception. Depending on the fat content, I'll have between .75 to 1.5 pounds of fish in lieu of any other animal protein. If I'm having trouble "making weight", I'll drop beef out of the equation first, AND will put a heavy emphasis on the animal protein IN the salad.
4. How do I know this? Because we shop based on the above and following rules, AND I weigh everything before I eat it. Every meal. Every snack. Every day. More that that, I plan out my day based on what I'm going to eat for dinner. This is especially important if I know I'm going to go out to eat for the dinner meal.
5. Breakfast is the important meal, in so many ways. Before I have breakfast, I've already weighed myself, and often have been on the treadmill for at least a warm-up walk. The weigh-in tells me how I'm doing and allows me to recommit to my program daily. My breakfast is almost always hearty. 13 out of 14 days, it's 80 grams (2 cups-- but weighed – not by volume – too much chance to cheat), and either dried fruit or berries, also weighed. I also have a spoonful or two (22 - 60) grams of Greek Yogurt that I take with medications. I will also have 6 cups of black coffee or decaf (usually, 2 of one and 4 of the other -- but weak in both cases.
Why all the emphasis on planning and measuring?
Because I don't know myself, and I am willing to bet that you don't know you! Moreover, our joint state of needing to lose weight means that we don't know our eating behavior and don't have "built-in" portion control.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Some rules of thumb about what I've observed from my readers, and me.
* Who Benefits?
I benefit because it clarifies my thinking about nutrition, fitness, wellness, and CHANGE.
Best case, the readers who need any advice or perspective the LEAST, embrace it the most.
To give examples of what I mean, because I can't imagine anybody understanding the previous generality without examples. No, Alex, and '1CD', I was positively absolutely NOT referring to your monikers, in the previous blog post.
* Questions, Questions, Questions?
Do I ask myself the kind of questions that I pose to myself and readers in my blogs?
Absolutely. All the time. Even, recursively.
For example, if I've had trouble understanding something someone is saying, and I think I've finally gotten "it", I will ask them a question based on their premise, that I think I know the answer to. If I don't get the answer I was expecting, then I know I still haven't "gotten it".
As a speaker on the dais, or in a classroom, etc., I have often done this with the audience. The alternative "Do you understand?" is often, best case, autistic (i.e., a false, or cryptic feedback plea), and, worst case, more intimidating than asking a series of graded (easy to hard) questions.
This means that specific feedback to my blogs makes clear to me what my reader is unclear on, and what I'm unclear on. I can be "unclear" in at least three ways: (a) my writing is confusing, (b) my writing references concepts and experience my audience does not share with me , or (c) I flat out don't know what I'm talking about.
BTW, if you ask questions, I will always try to answer them, if I think I can. Most often, they will find their way in a separate later blog post. I've pretty much abandoned answering questions as an additional comment. There are several reasons for this. First many readers do not read blogs very carefully, and only respond to get points. Of those that do read blogs in entirety, few read the comments. Also, few folks at SP ever looks at older blogs, or comments. And, in all cases they certainly don't look at blog comments to blogs, they have just posted comments to. This is because the software AND the ethos at SP does NOT support ongoing conversations.
If you read my blog regularly, you will see that there are recurring themes where I try to clarify, enlarge and differentiate topics presented earlier.
* Deletion of Comments
In general, I'm looking for response, so a comment has to prove that it has no redeeming content value, before I delete it.
One cause of deletion by me is pointed comments about religion or god -- NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENTIONED. This is a recurring issue, that's why I bring it up, again.
The other cause is folk (no s) engaged in some kind of vendetta.
I have noticed that I have a few regular readers who have profound beliefs in god or regular participation in religion. As long as they confine that to their blogs and Spark Pages, I'm a happy camper. While I look at, and comment on, a lot of blogs and Spark Pages, I just avoid interacting with these pages.
Friday, June 13, 2014
I am constantly annoyed by the ads (including the crypto-ads on NPR) for "brain training" designed by "neuro-scientists". Too many alleged scientists profess too much knowledge about human cognition.
That is not to say that scientists know nothing about how human cognition works. Consider some research on human semantic memory. Subjects are briefly shown isolated words in sequence and then asked when presented a "new" word" whether it was one of the ones that was seen before.
With remarkable consistency, the closer in meaning a new, never previously presented, word is to an "old" word, the more likely the subject will "say" they have seen the word before. Most interestingly, antonyms are the closest semantic matches to previous words. Further research shows that antonyms are so close because they generally differ in only one dimension (in "semantic space") from the targeted word.
Does this have anything to do with nutrition, weight, fitness and wellness management?
If you constantly tell yourself that you are NOT fat, NOT overeating, or NOT a slug, are you perhaps rehearsing the exact opposite?
BTW, there are lots of ways to practice this negative-negative pseudo-positivism, IMHO. For example, what's in a name? Is your ID on SP, or elsewhere, is "FormerFatGuy", or "RunningBlubberMan", or something like that?
So what's the alternative?
3. Incremental Action
6. Analysis & Adjustment
"Oh, but this is complicated and takes so much time and effort!"
So does cardiovascular disease (including stroke, myocardial infarction, and dementia), endocrine imbalance (including Type 2 diabetes), death (the ultimate!! time-waster), discomfort, unhappiness, negative self-consciousness.
Is the above post science?
He11, no! But, it's as much science as (and maybe a lot more than) "brain training"! Moreover, how much did you pay for the above "advice" vs "brain training"? And, be advised, in both cases, there's lots of ways you could be paying besides direct money transfer.
P.S. And, remember what that great psychologist, Shakespeare (:-)) said about such matters:
"Methinks ye protest too much!"
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