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Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Getting Healthy..."The Fast Diet" by Michael Mosley, M.D./Journalist

"It's called 'DIET' because all the other four letter words were taken." ~ Anonymous

Gaining/losing weight.  It's been my albatross since I was about 11 years old.  Throughout the decades, I tried many approaches in order to maintain a healthy weight.  None successfully for any extended period of time.  I'm 5'7", so that's not a big frame to carry heavy weight, eh?  I won't go into how the excess weight affected me, still does, but those who have struggled with their weight understand and that's all that's important to me, really.  Those who have not struggled would never understand anyways.  Enough said.

In September/2013, I saw two programs on PBS.  Rather than try to explain how I lost weight and got in the best shape I've been in for a long time...long enough that I don't remember when...I'll refer you to the videos I watched.  I don't know how long they'll be online, so, if you're interested, check them out.  The first one is: Eat, Fast, And Live Longer. If this doesn't work or they've taken the video down, here's another site for the video.  The second video is: The Truth About Exercise.  Again here's another site for the video, if the first site doesn't work.  Dr. Mosley, who is a physician and a journalist, is from England and has a family history of bad health, with most males in his family line dying by age 72.  He also has a book titled, "The Fast Diet", which he wrote with Mimi Spencer, author and journalist.  The book is nowhere as good as the videos, so watch the videos first, buy the book second, if you're interested.  It's good because it has some meal plans.

Finding the words to express what I'm feeling about this is hard.  What I can say?  To have a system that works without the struggle or boredom of some other "diets" or the restrictions they impose has been  a game changer.  After talking to some of the researchers about weight loss, Dr. Mosley would say, "I'm not going to do that.".  Regardless of health benefits.  I identified immediately with him when he'd say that because that's what I thought, as well.  The down side?  I have to buy new clothes.  I only have a few pair of jeans that still fit me and a hand full of shirts.  For my nephew's wedding this September, I have to buy new clothes. Makes me damn happy.

For any of you who may be reading this and who have struggled with, or are still struggling with, your weight, check it out.  I realize there's no "one size fits all" when it comes to this weight thing.  We're all individuals with this issue.  For me, this works.  I'm truly grateful that I met up with Dr. Mosley.  It's changed my life, as silly as that sounds.  If it works for you, I'll be happy for you.  If not, I understand that, too.  And wish you well in your search.  It took me 54 years.

To close, I've chosen a tune that has significant memories for me that I want to share with y'all once again, "Midnight Walker" by Davy Spillane on what I consider to be one of the sweetest sounding instruments on the planet, the Irish uillean pipes.