Saturday, October 31, 2009

College: The Ultimate Relationship Tester (Redux)

This entry goes out to all the couples out there that are heading into college that are in what they believe is a stable relationship.

RebJas of GameFAQs.com answered the following question of mine and I'm going to share it here:

Q: What if you're already in a (stable) relationship when first getting in college?

A: Hey, I thought I was [in a stable relationship] too. But then she started grad. school, met some other guy, and a couple of weeks into the semester I was getting the "I can only be friends right now" speech. College is the high-school relationship killer. But it's also the test to see if the relationship is as strong and secure as you think it is.

Just don't be surprised if a situation like mine happens.


This entry is being repeated for a reason. The reason being that the information and advice given is very true.

My advice to go along with this entry: Don't take Love for granted.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Meet Jewel



On September 19th, I acquired Jewel, a female aqua-colored Budgerigar.

Jewel will be joining Bingo on October 3rd in his new 30" x 18" x 18" cage.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Lincoln Osiris


...you never go full asshole either.

Friday, August 21, 2009

ESVWLC? I hardly knew 'er.

You may have noticed that I have yet to post about my recent weight loss venture.

Between entertaining my underlings, taking care of my pudgie budgie, Bingo, and having a sudden case of the lazys, updating my blog has become a last thing on my to-do list.

As for my weight, it's staying even. It recently went up a pound, but overall, I'm still doing well. Once college starts, my step count should increase, and my weight will hopefully do the opposite.

Until then...
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jonathan's ESVWLC: Weigh-in #2

This week's goal:
August 6th: 181.4 pounds


Result:
182.4 pounds

- 0.08 pounds of fat lost
- 0.32 pounds of muscle lost...
Lost nothing on waist
0.4 pounds lost (Last week's weigh-in was 182.8 pounds, not 182.6)


Future goals:


August 13th: 179.3 pounds
August 20th: 177.2 pounds
August 27th: 175 pounds


Outlook:

...and just like that, I've fallen behind. Losing weight is good, but when you're not reaching your goals, it makes it a bittersweet moment. At this rate, I'd have to lose 2.5 pounds a week, which is not the healthiest of weight losses, and that would mean a calorie defect of 1250 per day, which leads to a calorie cap of 750. That is unhealthy. I have started using the treadmill again, but that only takes out a certain amount. I highly doubt I'll reach my goal at this point even with proper exercise.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jonathan's ESVWLC: Weigh-in #1

This week's goal:
July 30th: 183.5 pounds


Result:
182.6 pounds!!
- 6.88 pounds of fat lost
+ 3.88 pounds of muscle gained
1" lost on waist
3 pounds lost!


Future goals:

August 6th: 181.4 pounds
August 13th: 179.3 pounds
August 20th: 177.2 pounds
August 27th: 175 pounds


Outlook:

Today's goal was reached easily since I'm sick and my appetite hasn't been as high as it usually is. This week was a water weight week, so next week's weight-in will set the pace.

Friday, July 24, 2009

A Heavy Reality

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.
 - Jonathan, November 13th, 2008, after completing a 1 month calorie restriction

Today, my weight stands at 185.6 pounds. This is uncalled for. It's time to kick it up a notch... again.
So, without further ado, I present:
Jonathan's End of Summer Vacation Weight Loss Challenge (ESVWLC)


Current Stats


Weight: 185.6
Fat (lb): 41.39
Muscle (lb): 144.21
Waistline (in): 38



Goals
  • Bring my total weight down to 175 (a loss of 10 pounds)
  • Have my total fat (lb) as close to 30 as possible (a loss of ~10 pounds)
  • Maintain my total muscle (lb) above 140
  • Have a waistline of 36 (it's a start) 
Numerical Goals 


July 30th: 183.5 pounds

August 6th: 181.4 pounds

August 13th: 179.3 pounds

August 20th: 177.2 pounds

August 27th: 175 pounds



Future Stats (hopefully)

Weight: 175
Fat (lb): 30
Muscle (lb): 145
Waistline (in): 36

I will be using the same calorie restriction as I did last October (2000 calories or less per day).
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Meet Bingo

Long story, short: Here is Skippy's successor, Bingo.



He's younger than Skippy and is a male (I'm 100% sure this time).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

They Go By Threes

Saturday, June 6, 2009

"Bene decessit"

In the waning weeks of February 2009, I purchased a budgerigar.

I named him Skippy after my late grandfather's nickname "Skipper".

He was a young budgie, most likely under 6 months of age. He was quite a unique budgie. Within 24 hours of taking him home and putting him in his cage, he wanted out. He was a curious bird and he never held his curiosity back. I let him out that day and the rest was history.

I still remember the day when he was on the shelf above my computer looking down at me as I played my computer games (Team Fortress 2, to be precise) and spontaneously flew down to my keyboard, looked up at the computer and watched me play(pooping on my keyboard in the process).

I even remember the first time he flew onto my shoulder and started playing with my then longer hair.

It's amazing how in a short four months someone can become attached to such a friendly animal... and how similar the pain is when they die.


Skippy died sometime in the afternoon of June 6th, 2009.

He will be missed.

Bene decessit.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Driver License

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This is just a quick blurb to announce that I have passed my road test and have acquired a New York State Driver License.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Meet Skippy

It's about time I mention Skippy, my budgie that I acquired mid-February of this year.



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Moving Right Along

I thought I'd be off Prednisone shortly, but it seems I'll be stuck with it for at least another 4 weeks. Yes, that's right, my nephorologist doesn't want to take any chances of adrenal problems, so he has me tapering off the Prednisone very, very slowly.
 
I'll be officially off this medicine by May 29th (yay!).


In other news, I'll be taking my first and hopefully only road test for my driver's license on May 27th. I feel pretty confident that I'll pass with only minor errors. If you hear about a young man who crashed his instructor's car somewhere in Jamaica on the news, then that might have been me.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hellish Health

Spring break sapped a majority of my urge to write. I'm back now to update you, the reader, on what's been happening:

Chiny Chin Chin
The last 30 days have not been good to me in the health department. It seems a combination of poor diet, lack of commitment to my 10k a day plan, and two new drugs in my system (including the removal of Prednisone) has lead to a gain of weight. Luckily, I'll be using a treadmill daily starting around May 1st (delivery permitting) and I aim to burn 1,000 calories per day.

The weight graph for the last 30 days paints a painful picture.

I believe I'm also being affected by hypotension (low blood pressure). I suffered a vasovagal episode on Wednesday. Not fun.


Tough Goals Ahead

The following is a repeat of my goals for the foreseeable future (for my benefit):

My short-term goal, which begins April 1st and lasts until June 1st, is to bring my total weight back under 180 (150 pounds of muscle; 30 pounds of fat [~16.6% body fat] OR 145 pounds of muscle and 35 pounds of fat [~19.4% body fat]). The latter being more realistic, the former being the ultimate short-term goal.

My long-term goal, which I'm hoping to reach by the end of July, is to have a body weight of 170. That would consist of a muscle mass of 150 pounds and 20 pounds of body fat (~11.7% body fat). This goal will be tough to reach since an 11% body fat percentage is considered athletic by some standards.

My limits: I MUST not go under 140 pounds of muscle. I MUST not have more than 40 pounds of fat on me.
The bolded statements are goals I have already failed to achieve...

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Don't worry...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Trading One Problem For Another / 10k a Day / The Fight For 170

Alright, so I've got a 3-in-1 deal for you today. Plenty of things have happened since my last post, so it's about time I update you, the reader.


Trading One Problem For Another

The good news: My kidney functions are improving. My creatinine levels have dropped noticeably, from 1.9 last month to 1.5. This new level is still abnormal by about .2, but I haven't seen a number this low unless I go back about 2 years when this whole problem started. My creatinine clearance test came back with positive results; an improvement in overall kidney function. I also will begin tapering down on the damn prednisone by 10mg a week starting tomorrow (I'll be completely off it by May!).

The bad news: I have high cholesterol. This is genetic, so the least I can do is cut back on my dairy intake (cheeses) because I'm sure that's not helping the problem at all. I've started Lipitor (for the cholesterol) and a small doseage of Lisinopril (to prevent hypertension, a leading cause of renal failure, which could be a cause for this entire mess in the first place).

So, I'm doing a trade-in: FSGS for high cholesterol and hypertension. Not too bad. The latter problems are very treatable.


10k a Day


I'm recently coming off a two-day high of 10k steps walked. This is in preparation to walk an average of 10,000 in the month of April. That's at least 300,000 in total for that month. My legs are already feeling the increase in activity (usual muscle soreness and a slight increase in muscle cramps), but I'll be taking it as it comes.


The Fight for 170

Now that I'm going to begin coming of the Prednisone, this is a good time for me to reboot my fitness. The first step is to regain control of my diet. While my calorie intake has been much more tolerable compared to past, it's still not acceptable. That is, I still go over 2,000 calories a day (not by much, maybe 200 to 400 more than needed).


I call the above chart: The Prednisone Rollercoaster.

Thankfully, it fits into a tread that occurs with my weight. I follow a jump-and-drop pattern. My weight goes up after a steep decline and drops after a steep rise (and so on and so forth). In the next month, I can hope for a drop in total weight should this tread prove true.

My short-term goal, which begins April 1st and lasts until June 1st, is to bring my total weight back under 180 (150 pounds of muscle; 30 pounds of fat [~16.6% body fat] OR 145 pounds of muscle and 35 pounds of fat [~19.4% body fat]). The latter being more realistic, the former being the ultimate short-term goal.

My long-term goal, which I'm hoping to reach by the end of July, is to have a body weight of 170. That would consist of a muscle mass of 150 pounds and 20 pounds of body fat (~11.7% body fat). This goal will be tough to reach since an 11% body fat percentage is considered athletic by some standards.

My limits: I MUST not go under 140 pounds of muscle. I MUST not have more than 40 pounds of fat on me.


I'll be formulating a plan of action in the coming days. I'll post it here so if anybody wants to join me, feel free to do so.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Trouble Ahead

The MTA has approved their so-called doomsday budget plan.

The straphangers of New York better be collectively sharpening their pitchforks... or at least oiling their bike chains.

MTA Hike/Service Cut Proposals (link)

Proposal 1 is the one they voted for.

It's a damn shame really. We New Yorkers can't really blame the MTA 100%. The goons up in Albany have time and time again screwed the MTA out of fair funding.

For example:
"The MTA also assumes that Albany will begin sending it more money. For years, state tax dollars that were supposed to go directly to the MTA were absorbed into the state's general budget."

Assumptions are bad, but not getting tax dollars intended for the MTA is worse.

If you're a New Yorker who is tired of seeing public transportation becoming more of financial hassle, contact your Senator and Assembly person. These hikes won't go into effect until June. There's still time for a... you guessed it, bailout... right? RIGHT?!

Daily News Source

Friday, March 13, 2009

Renal Wars: "Screw it, I'm out of Star Wars titles."

So after a 5-hour wait to see my kidney doctor, I've got another bunch of tests to do. One of which is a creatinine clearance test. A urine test in which my kidney function is somewhat more accurately estimated versus a normal 24-hour protein count. This will be followed by the usual blood work, a fasting blood work, which is a pain in the ass because you cannot eat AT ALL. Oh well.

My creatinine level is up to 1.9 (from 1.6 in January). This is not good, but nothing to be too alarmed about. Also, depending on the results from the CC, I'll be starting to come off the prednisone. Finally!

I'll know for sure in 2 weeks.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Renal Wars: The Doctor Menace

Late February? No? March 5th? NO?! How about March 12th? Yeah, March 12th, three damn weeks later than I expected.

To all you doctors out there, don't let the nurses do the dirty work when it comes to canceling on a patient who is on a medication that needs either, a) close observation, b) a strict period of treatment and then a "weening" period, or c) both.

At least give a REASON...

Anyway, I fall under category (c). I'm also lucky my pharmacist is a helpful person or I'd be in the ER with adrenal shock.

Prednisone is a hell of a drug.


Tomorrow I, hopefully - since Jamaica Hospital hasn't called today to screw me over yet again, see my Nephorologist and get the results of a 24-hour urine test that I did almost a month ago. This would be a biggie as this test was done during the peak of my prednisone treatment. If a certain doctor didn't cancel twice on me, I would probably be of this horrible drug by now. Don't get me wrong, I haven't had one allergy related problem since December. It's awesome to know hay fever has nothing on me when this drug is in my system. Though, it's a damn shame when you gain a double chin and a really bad temper (as if I didn't have one already...).

More news tomorrow. Same bat time, same bat channel!
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

In Like A Lion...

I haven't seen a foot of snow in NYC since the Storm of 2006. It's about damn time that I can go over to Upton's (that's NYC's NWS station) winter weather section and see this beauty:


Yes, Upton is forecasting 13.5" of snow for Queens.

Of course this amount can change before all is said and done by Monday night.

NYC schools probably won't close (you'd need the end of times for that to happen), but there is a good thing about the freedom of being in a college not controlled by the BoE:

You're not forced to go to class.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Day That Got Away

Ejecting matter from the stomach thru the mouthImage by bayat via Flickr

It was 1:30 in the morning on February 16th. The chicken quesadilla, nachos belgrande, and 5 slices of various Domino's pizza decided to revolt... and revolt they did. I knew I had eaten too much the day before, but I didn't think it would lead to one of the worst nights-no-mornings-no-DAYS of my life.

Hell hath no fury like the the eruption of food particles and chunks, and a whole lot of various stomach fluids.

Not long after the first bout of unsightly vomiting, the second round began. I can safely say, some sort of liquid came out of every one of my orifices, save for my ears. Note that I said liquid. When I say liquid, I mean as liquid as tap water, but not as clean looking.

Sitting on a toilet at 2... or 3... or 4 in the morning, with only a waste basket as your friend and the hope that blacking out is not far off, is not fun in any sense. I seriously considered going to the hospital, if only I had the strength to get up (I would later find out that going to the hospital would have been a good idea since dehydration was setting in, and with my kidney problems this exacerbated the situation).

The rest of my day consisted of laying the bed, drinking water and OJ, trying to fall asleep while hoping I don't throw up (I didn't, thankfully).

This stomach virus has thrown me off completely in all aspects of my life. Especially in the health section, where I've lost 7.5 pounds (mostly, if not all, muscle which is not good at all), I'm back up to 180 pounds as of this morning and I'm sure it's combination of water weight and muscle gain as my calorie intake has taken a huge hit.

It'll be back to business on Monday whether my stomach is ready or not.


This entry is dedicated to my grandma because she's sick in bed in Atlantic City instead of enjoying herself and hitting it big because she caught the same stomach virus that I have. Go figure...
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Monday, February 16, 2009

February 16th

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Two Hundred Crunches



Today I can happily announce that I completed the two hundred sit-ups program.

Even though I fell short of the one hundred push-ups goal by about 2 weeks (I'll be repeating Week 5 for the third time starting tomorrow), that didn't break my concentration on reaching 200 crunches. I knew I had the core strength. I knew I could do it. With the help of my young brother counting high (no, not hiiiiiiiigh), I reached 200.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to deknot my stomach muscles.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Renal Wars: A New Chin

Getting tried of these Star Wars references yet?

Anyway, over the last two weeks I've noticed a double chin appearing. This is definitely the prednisone taking its toll on me and I can't wait to get off this stupid drug.

On Thursday I see my nephrologist for the first time in 4 weeks. This will be a major appointment as I submitted one of those 24-hour urine tests (a pretty convenient test if you take advantage of it) and the results of this test will give us an idea of if this medication is working. I'm not sure if he'll begin to ween me off the prednisone, that remains to be seen.

Thursday: A few days away...
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bluntly Obvious

With the whole Michael Phelps bong picture out for the whole world to see, it raises a serious question on how we, in the United States, treat pot smokers.

Firstly, to clear the air, I'm for the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. Not just because this futile War on Drugs puts people in prison (and subsequently increases state and federal spending to support these inmates; for example, $52.90 per day per inmate in Florida), but also because there is a glaring hypocrisy when you compare pot smoking and alcohol consumption.


My Philosophical Argument Justifying The Decriminalization of Marijuana


(1) Both marijuana and alcohol are used for recreational purposes.

(2) Both marijuana and alcohol have short-term (poor reaction time, loss of coordination) and long-term (alcoholism/addiction) effects.

(3) Alcohol is advertised with a stern reminder of "Please Drink Responsibly" and is considered a commodity in the United States.

(4) There are laws that prohibit the use and sale of alcohol to minors.

(5) Since (1) & (2), either alcohol should be banned or marijuana should be legalized, made into a commodity with the same type of laws (4), and advertised with a stern reminder of "Please Smoke Responsibly".

(6) Alcohol will not be banned as it has failed before.

(7) Since (5) & (6), marijuana should be decriminalized and legalized.

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At a financial point of view, having a marijuana industry, an industry that can be taxed to hell and back much like the cigarette industry, will bring about another stream of revenue for our failing economy. Legalize and capitalize.

Going back to my initial statement, we should treat pot smokers just like drinkers or cigarette smokers. Hold them to the same laws and taxes, but at the same time, let them have their fun.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fit By The Fifth? Eh...

It depends on how you look at the numbers:

As you can see here, 174 pounds was a pipe dream. You could argue that it might have been muscle that caused this weight gain. Sadly, that isn't the case as seen below.


The columns shown here are as follows: Date, Suprailiac skinfold (mm), Weight (lbs), Body fat (%), Estimated fat weight (lb), Estimated muscle mass (lbs).

My analysis of this is bittersweet. While my body fat % stayed the same due to my supra numbers staying well within the 18.9% range, the amount of fat on me barely changed, which is against what I was hoping to achieve. I show a very nice gain in muscle mass (~4 pounds), but a loss of fat, not a gain, would have been much better. The following waist line graph (in inches) supplements this unfortunate realization:



So what's next for me? Cardio and lots of it.

50 jumping jacks
30 climbers
20 burpees
10 push-ups
10 crunches
Repeat (x2)

30 minutes of cardio at my weight will burn about 300 calories. If I do this everyday, a net loss, after including any free weight lifting, walking, and a calorie deficit I create, of near 3000 calories, (~0.8 pounds of fat) is possible.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Only In America...

The image above is from Reddit.com.


There's a problem when a homeless man gets a year in jail for every $6.66 dollars he stole, but a suit only gets 4 years in jail for an amount 5000000 [5 million] times greater.

What the hell...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back to the Books

Today was my 2nd full day of Spring 2009 classes.

Here's what I'm taking this semester:

Accounting 101
Astronomy 002
Tap I (That's tap dancing, FYI)
Urban Studies 153: Neighborhoods (Think Sociology, but in a smaller scope)

So far, only one of my professors is a bore. I have yet to meet my Urban Studies professor, but her reviews over at RateMyProfessors show promise.


"Fit By The Fifth" Update

I'm gaining muscle. A lot of muscle. For example, my bicep muscles have gone up 1" over the last few weeks. That, in my opinion, is impressive. I can also do 61 push-ups in 5 sets (12.2 average per set) and 148 crunches in 5 sets (29.6 average per set).

My fat loss may have halted. After hitting an approximate of 33.5 pounds, it has clawed its way up to 33.8. Sure, a .2 pound fat gain in 2 weeks doesn't seem bad at all, but in my book, its a failure.

I want my fat weight under 30 pounds (3.8 pounds to go) and my muscle mass over 140 pounds (4.8 pounds ahead of my goal), at the very least.

Two weigh-ins to go...
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Merry Change-mas?

The "Eve of Change", "Change Is Less Than 24 Hours Away", and "Change Is Coming To America".

I've heard those three phrases in the past day, more than I hear about that damn Husdon River Plane Crash. It's very annoying, even to me!

Let me break it down the way the mainstream media seems to NOT put it:

Obama is not God. He is not the Messiah. He is not a black man with a halo sent from the heavens to rid the United States of the last 8 years of bullshit we've had to endure. When he's sworn in, choirs will not sing, hate will not leave this country or this planet, the "War" will not magically end, shiites and sunnis won't be joining hands in harmony, the Dow Jones will not shoot up two thousand points in the next week, CEOs will not have an uncontrollable urge to donate their golden parachutes to the needy families who lost it all in the last few months, unemployment will not return from an almost 16-year high, and Hell, most certainly, will not freeze over. Well, maybe Hell, Michigan.

Obama, NAY, the US GOVERNMENT, has a lot of work ahead. While the word "change" does in fact carry some weight to it, that is, with a democratic president backed by a democratic majority in all the branches of government (unlike the last 8 years, where the Dems barely had a majority, especially in the Senate), I'm sure some sort of "change" will come. Hopefully, it's a change of policies: foreign, domestic, financial, etc. that benefit ALL US citizens of ALL creeds, political parties, ethnic backgrounds, and so on and so forth.

I do believe, however, that Barack Obama will have a very positive influence on how this country performs overall in the next 4 years and beyond. If he fails to do so, I will be the first to admit it.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Immortality

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. - Socrates

So I was bored one day and got to thinking. Just thinking. An interesting thought crossed my mind and it dawned on me: Humans are immortal.

I believe the death of a human. The complete cessation of a human is when the soul is destroyed. The body may die, but the soul lives on, correct? If you believe in an afterlife, then would that mean the soul continues once the body has rotted away? Since the soul of the human is still intact, then the human is technically immortal. That is, if the definition of "immortal" allows this.

It does.

immortal (a.)
1 : exempt from death

The human soul is exempt from death if there is an afterlife.

THEREFORE, if there is a life after death, then humans are immortal. We may considered mortal in this reality, but that does not mean we are mortal in some other reality: the afterlife.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Prednisone Pain (Those Darn Leg Cramps)

Imagine you're sleeping soundly without a care in the world. Then suddenly, someone stabs you in the calf muscle with a knife.

That has been the last few mornings in a nutshell for me. Leg cramps ("charley horse") are once again a highlight of my day. It's the prednisone that's causing it. Luckily, I think my doctor may start lowering my dosage. I'll find out today when I go see him. I'll also know if the medicine is doing anything for my FSGS.

A piece of advice: If your doctor ever needs you to go on prednisone, be ready for the side effects. There is a long list of them and I'm sure not everyone gets the same set. Weight the pros and cons before diving head-first like I did. You'll be happy you did.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Something Winter This Way Comes

The real winter weather starts tomorrow (my birthday).

3 to 6 inches of snow (with a little ice) is expected for NYC. Then, it gets cold. I'm talking single digit cold. The arctic express will be pulling into the Northeast next week.

Bundle up.


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY
312 PM EST FRI JAN 9 2009

...WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK UP THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY THROUGH
SATURDAY...THEN PASS JUST SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND SATURDAY
NIGHT...AND THEN MOVE WELL EAST OF THE AREA ON SUNDAY. THIS
SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE HEAVY SNOWFALL OVER THE AREA FROM SATURDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...MIXING WITH SLEET AT TIMES
SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS SOUTHERN LONG ISLAND AND NEW YORK CITY.

CTZ005-009-NJZ002>006-011-NYZ067>073-076>078-100415-
/O.UPG.KOKX.WS.A.0002.090110T1600Z-090111T1600Z/
/O.NEW.KOKX.WS.W.0002.090110T1600Z-090111T1300Z/
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-WESTERN PASSAIC-BERGEN-
EASTERN PASSAIC-ESSEX-HUDSON-UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-
BRONX-QUEENS-NASSAU-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
312 PM EST FRI JAN 9 2009

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 8 AM EST
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 8
AM EST SUNDAY.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND WESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AROUND MIDDAY BEFORE
SPREADING FROM WEST TO EAST THROUGHOUT THE DAY. SNOW WILL THEN
CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT AND BECOME HEAVY AT
TIMES. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE ON SUNDAY.

THE LOW WILL PASS CLOSE ENOUGH TO LONG ISLAND THAT THE SNOW WILL
MIX WITH SLEET AND POSSIBLY FREEZING RAIN LATE SATURDAY
NIGHT ACROSS NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND LOCATIONS...HELPING TO
LIMIT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN THESE AREAS.

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM THIS SYSTEM WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO
9 INCHES ACROSS THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AND INTERIOR
CONNECTICUT...AND FROM 5 TO 7 INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN NEW YORK
CITY...NASSAU AND NORTHERN SUFFOLK COUNTY...AND COASTAL PORTIONS
OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA ALL HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO OR VISIT OUR WEB
SITE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND UPDATES.

Happy birthday to me.


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fit by the Fifth

I've been on Prednisone for a few weeks now. Only recently have the side effects begun to appear. Acne, and lots of it, and water retention along with rapid weight gain. I'm also fighting my first bout of chest congestion since I was 13 (maybe earlier). Prednisone makes you more susceptible to illness.

The acne isn't too bad. However, it's showing up in places, like my back and chest, that have never seen a single blemish. Interestingly enough, they vanish just as fast as they show themselves.

In addition to the acne and illness, I've gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks, mathematically wiping away any and all progress that was made over the past 2 months.

This brings me to my newest scheme in my fight against body fat.

I've just started a new workout routine today. It is as follows:

  • Jog in place for 10 minutes (this is to get my heart rate up; exercises my legs)
  • Preacher Curls (Targets my forearm and biceps)
  • Triceps Extensions (Targets the triceps, of course)
  • Side Deltoid Raise (Targets my deltoids, specifically the weakest area of them)
  • Push-ups (Targets my pectorals)
  • Crunches (Targets my abdominals)
The push-ups and crunches are done Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Everything else is once a day.

My goal is to be back to 174 pounds by February 5th. It'll be tough with the prednisone in my system, but a 6 pound gain of water/fat is unacceptable. It's time to take my body back.
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