Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wait until December...

My biopsy results won't be in until December 9th. The Nephorologist did what he could to get in touch with someone at the pathology center, while I was there, to try and get someone to fax the report over from White Plains, NY (about 50 miles away). Unfortunately, everyone jumped ship for the Thanksgiving weekend (load of BS).

As for me, I'm doing fine. However, I've been getting slight pains in my lower right back. Probably a kidney stone...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Moment of Truth

Well, tomorrow I find out what's troubling my kidneys.
It can be either minor or major. Based on my luck, it'll probably be bad.

What causes your kidneys to lose over 50% of function in a year?

I'll find out tomorrow afternoon/evening.

Until then...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Final Weigh-in

This week's goal:
November 13th: 169.9

174.2 pounds
-0.27 pounds of fat
-1.13 pounds of muscle

Okay, so I did not reach my final goal of 170. However, I did bring my weight down to levels not seen since January 2008 (10 months ago).

Since my diet started between two weigh-ins, the data below takes place from October 9th to November 13th.

Weight Line Graph

The blue line is the moving average. I believe it's a 7-day or 14-day MA.
The black line is the trend line. It's sloping negative just the way I want it.

Muscle/Fat Graph

The graph on the left is my lean muscle mass (in pounds). The graph on the right is my fatty mass (in pounds).


From October 9th to November 13th:

0.69 pounds of muscle were lost...
5.51 pounds of fat were lost!
6.2 pounds overall were lost! ((A rate of ~1.24 lb/week. A healthy weight loss.))


This diet was a success. Not as much fat was lost as I had hoped, but I did bring my weight down to a long lost level. The future brings a continuation of this diet. I've started getting into the habit of looking at calories before I eat, drinking more water, and not snacking too much between meals. Because I had my kidney biopsy recently, I cannot do any weigh lifting, so that's why my muscle was lost. However, I can restart my weight training on the 24th.

I'd like to see 170 by New Year's Day. That is a very possible goal now, especially since my rate of weigh loss is a little over 1 pound per week on average. Once I hit 170, I will work on bringing my fat down to 10% of my body weight. It's currently around 18.9%.

If I had to make a prediction: If I continue on this diet all the way to New Year's Day and beyond, I can see my weight anywhere between 170.7 and 160.2. A wide range of course, but anything can happen.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Prop-ing Hypocrisy

With the passing of Proposition 8 in the state of California (once known to be a liberal state in my eyes), same-sex marriages are no longer allowed. This includes Catholic or Christian homosexual couples as well.

The last time I checked, homosexuals can be religious and can believe in a god. Most of California has forgotten this. There are homosexual couples that believe they're loved by their god, whoever it may be. To deny them a religious right, a sacrament, is unacceptable.

In the Catholic/Christian ideology, you are suppose to love thy neighbor. Proposition 8 is a slap in the face to every single homosexual couple in California who believe that they were doing the right thing, being good people, loving one another, and staying faithful, to themselves and their god. Is prohibiting the right of marriage, to someone because they love a different gender than you, loving? It is not. It goes against one of the main reasons why religion (more of an ethics code, along with the god mumbo-jumbo) exists today: love.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Renal Wars: Then to Now

Way back in November of last year, my doctor noticed a high amount of Creatinine in my urine. After a few subsequent visits (each separated by a few months), she referred me to a nephrologist (kidney doctor) because my creatinine levels were not changing, but getting worse, and my protein levels were also higher, which is not good.

After about 3 months worth of kidney sonograms, 2-24 hour urine tests, an uncountable amount of bloodwork, the kidney doctor deduced that I have Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage 2. Both kidneys combined are working at only 50% efficiency.

CKD is an incurable disease. However, the cause of the CKD can be treated and could halt further damage to my kidneys.

Fast-forward to the last 2 weeks:

I just had a kidney biopsy done on my right kidney yesterday to determine what has caused this CKD. The radiologist who performed said biopsy told me that a biopsy is a desperation move. That is, the kidney doctor has no idea what is causing the progressive loss of my kidney functions.

The mortality rate for people with CKD is depressing at the most. The silver-lining in my case is that this was caught early.

On November 25th, I'll hopefully have the results from the biopsy.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #4

This week's goal:
November 6th: 172.6

175.6 pounds
+0.16 pounds of fat
+0.64 pounds of muscle

My bowels hate me. I can easily say that my digestive tract is still acting up and pounds of waste are still in there somewhere. I took another laxative last night, went a bit, lost about a pound in waste this morning. No more laxatives for me. It's way too painful. The cramps are the worst part.

Future goals:

November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


My outlook is bleak. I will not reach my goal. I can bet money on that. Any takers? The only good, the silver lining, of my last 4 weeks has been that I am losing weight. I was above 180 when I started this diet. I've been sticking to it. Out of 28 days, I've probably only slipped once. That's impressive for me.

Next week is the big one. If I had to make a prediction, I won't be anywhere near 170. 175 sounds like a safe bet, but 173 is possible given my calorie restriction, but I still don't think my bowels will correct themselves by then. We shall see.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Man That Will be President

Congratulations, President-elect Barack Obama.


Well, it all comes down to the next 24 hours.

Obama has the lead in most, if not all, major pollsters. Tonight will determine if the Bradley effect is real or not.

My friend Richard and I have a little bet going on. Each state is worth $1 and the overall guess is worth $10. Up to $60 dollars can be won. As you can see by following the link below, we both think Obama will win the popular vote by a margin and there are only 4 real toss-up states if you go by us.

Regardless of who you're rooting for, get out and vote. It's a historic day today. Be a part of it.

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