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.


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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