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Background Image: Debris on the bottom board one week after placing a
brood box from storage on top of a two-story overwintered hive

 

Wednesday May 10th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind south 20 km/h. High 23. UV index 6 or high. Tonight A few clouds. Low 8.

I went out and checked the hives that have had drop boards since I went away last week.  I can't learn much as there is too much debris, but there don't seem to be a lot of varroa mites dropping. 

         

Either that or the ants have carried off all the varroa. I only saw a few mites -- less than ten total -- between both boards and I would have expected more over the week I was gone.  I'll clean the boards and try a 24-hour test.

The ant poison I put down last week did not work.  That could be because it is twenty years old.  So, I'm whipping up a batch with borax.  Ants are hard on the colonies.

There are various recipes, but basically we want to use enough sugar to attract the ants and not so much borax that they are repelled.  Some ants seek sugar, others seek protein, so if sugar does not work, then peanut butter can be used.

Mix 1-1/2 tablespoons of borax into a cup of thick sugar syrup and then soak cotton balls or paper towels in it and place them where the ants can get to them, but not the bees. If there is any kind of honey flow, the bees will not show any interest anyhow. Right now, dandelions are in bloom.

The borax kills the foraging and scout ants that visit a location and if enough goes back to the nest it will kill the nest.  Personally, I just want to kill the foraging ants that are pestering the hives and would be happy if the nest survives.

If scouts and foragers visiting one tainted source do not return, and especially if they do not carry the poison back, the colony carries on.  It is diminished a bit and has no information to send it to that source. 

The problem, though, is that this poison reportedly takes several days to kill ants carrying it and can poison the nest.  That is a good thing for some purposes, but not necessary in my case. A faster-killing product would be easier on the colony since it would stop the foraging at that source immediately.

Borax is apparently harmless to people if ingested in small amounts and is used as a laundry booster.  It also has been used as a supplement with the claim that small (milligram doses) alleviate arthritis. (This is not a recommendation).

You'll notice a lot of pollen on one of the drop boards above.  I placed a brood chamber from storage on top of the light double hive a week ago to provide food and there were a lot of open pollen cells.  It seems that the bees did not consider the pollen worth keeping and threw it out. Unless pollen in cells is covered with honey, it becomes useless after a while.

The lawn grew about an inch today.  It is time to begin cutting.

I went out at 2000, about five hours after placing fresh drop boards, and I see one mite on one board and nothing on the other.  There are far fewer ants, but maybe it is just the time of day.

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Thursday May 11th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 26. UV index 7 or high. Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy after midnight with 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low 9.

Here comes another warm day.

I went out at 1000 to check the two hives with drop boards. It seems my oxalic vapourization last fall did the trick.  I only see a varroa or two, and they don't look to be mature females.  I need to take a closer look and will later on.

The hives look good.  They are in three boxes and here are shots into the tops of each.   The images are fairly high quality in case anyone wants to look for rider mites or deformed wings.

 

The ants seem to like my sugar/borax treat.  They are concentrated on it and not the hives although there were still quite a few ants on the drop boards.  As expected, the oil seems to hurt them, however, and a number are curled up.

        

It's time to begin cutting the lawn, so I went out and did a bit and then came back in.  Although the morning was sunny and hot, the afternoon is turning breezy, overcast, and cooler.

The Usual Suspects are invited for supper tonight.  I've been tired and had a nap, but am still sleepy.

we had seven for supper.  I cut up the remaining turkey from last time and combined it with gravy and served it to go on rice.  Rutabaga cubes accompanied that main dish and ice cream was the dessert.  This was not my best meal ever, but people liked it and it was fairly easy.

It was almost ten before everyone left.

Somehow, during the evening, since I am using borax as an ant control and was researching its safety beforehand, I mentioned that I had come across many people mentioning borax to treat arthritis online and reporting that it works for them. 

I said was surprised that in the many comments on various sites I did not see anyone say that it did not work for them or harmed them, and that seems very very unusual.

Usually with any drug or supplement at least someone says it did them harm or did not work. With statins, for example, the comments seem to be 50/50 for and against, with some pretty ugly side-effects frequently reported.

Moreover, looking further, I could not find any reports that borax is more toxic than table salt and it took a lot to do any harm to test animals.  One human death was reported, resulting from a massive amount taken in a (successful, but painfully slow) suicide attempt.

Nonetheless, Fen, who works with chemicals, both natural and man-made (artificial distinction IMO) in dying wools at the Mill, pointed out that the Canadian government recommends avoiding borax and we looked it up. 

Here is the article: Information Update - Health Canada advises Canadians to avoid homemade craft and pesticide recipes using boric acid

I then looked again online and still cannot find the harm hinted in the article unless the primary concern is harm to the environment and insect or other life, or a general pollution of the water supply.  If there is something bad happening, they did not reveal what and where.

Frankly, having observed the workings of CFIA over years, I do not have a great deal of respect for the Canadian government's various watchdog agencies.  I find them bureaucratic, and political. 

They seem to start with a conclusion and work backwards to the logic, not vice-versa.  Although CFIA claims to base decisions on science, when examined, their rulings almost invariably appear to be political, supported by cherry-picked studies or pseudoscience, and are often pointless, oppressive or capricious.

Regarding the boric acid article cited above, one would expect some specific harm to be outlined justifying the advice, but there is no good reason given beyond vague mentions of unspecific possible harms that I was unable to document with a reasonable amount of additional online research. More. More.

I'm afraid our society has become afraid of its own shadow. 

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Friday May 12th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 22. UV index 6 or high.  Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Becoming partly cloudy before morning. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near midnight. Low plus 4.

Today will be warm, but with variable cloud and some rain most likely. I plan to do deskwork, tidy, and do more yard work.

Last night at supper, Bert mentioned something interesting.  He said his HbA1c was recently 10 (which is bad).  I am not sure if he meant his fasting glucose or HbA1c -- they are related, but there is a difference.  He wasn't clear on that and I am not sure he knows. I did not want to interrupt the story.

HbA1c is an indication of longer term blood glucose over months and depending on the authority, should be somewhere around five or under six.  Over six is an indication of diabetes by all accounts.

Anyhow, he said he was in an Asian grocery store and somehow he got into a conversation with a woman and the topic came up.  A man overhearing said to try bitter melon and "Remember a little Pakistani man told you about it."

Bert said he bought a melon, took it home and juiced it in his blender, drank it, and his blood glucose went down to five point something (which is good).

So, I looked it up today.  Here is what I found:

Are there harmful side-effects?  I don't know.  I do know some drugs used to achieve the same effect can have lethal or sub-lethal effects over time, statistically, for some people.  Just because something is 'natural' and seems to have a positive effect does not mean it is not harmful over the long term.

I looked this up and the material I found is not very rigourous.  One person developed irregular heart beat.  Is that representative?  Who knows?  There is this...

Bitter melon fruit is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in the short-term. The safety of long-term use (beyond 3 months) is not known. There also is not enough information about the safety of consuming other parts of the bitter melon or applying bitter melon to the skin.

I cut more grass, a total of two hours, and got a lot done.  I have to decide how well to groom the place and what to do about gardens. My first instinct is to neglect, but maybe I should just set a side a day a month to ensure the place is somewhat respectable.

Inside, vacuuming is desperately needed and the plants are in need of attention.  I really should cut back to just the basic few to reduce the cost and bother -- and the mess from dropped leaves.

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Saturday May 13th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of showers early this morning. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 15. UV index 6 or high.  Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 5.

I'll try to get out and check a few more hives today, and maybe work through some to rearrange them if the brood nests are off-centre or plugged with feed.  I'll mow for a few hours as well.  I must remember to listen to an audible book while mowing.  It passes the time, is educational, and keeps me from brooding.

I did not cut grass.  In fact, I did not get much done.  I did some research and tidying, napped twice and that is about it.

I have been tired and slow since Thursday.  Against my own resolve and against my best judgment, I drank some red wine, and red wine seems to really set me back lately.  Not every time, though, so I sometimes take a chance.  Silly me.

I washed the dog.  She always smells awful when I return from a long trip and I suspect lice again and maybe mites, so I have her booked at the groomers Wed morning.

I did some bookkeeping, having fallen behind, and in going through my desk came across some old lab blood tests and an ECG from after my little episode. Anything is more fun than bookkeeping and paying bills, so I decided to find out how to read an ECG (EKG). 

An EKG is a bunch of squiggles on paper that trace the electrical signals from a person's heart, read from twelve different electrodes stuck to the body and the shape of those squiggles tells a lot. The image at right is from the web.

Although it takes an expert to read the charts properly, anyone can see the most obvious differences between two charts.  Really unusual patterns jump right off the page.  What those differences mean in terms of heart function and probable future history of the patient are less obvious.  Reading them takes extensive training I do not have.

What did I learn?  I learned that my charts were not as neatly printed and clear as the charts given as examples online and that probably I moved, some electrodes were misplaced, or my skin was not as conductive as some, resulting n several faint traces, but that given the 12 perspectives, a reasonable picture could be had.

The EKG I studied (mine at right) was taken over several minutes lying down and is just a snapshot in time. It is a copy and not a good one of a rather sketchy print.  I gather that the doctors just give these things a quick glance for obvious issues and only study them if something obvious emerges.  Apparently mine was pretty ordinary. I apparently did not exhibit anything alarming during the EKG and my traces are nothing like the worst examples shown online.

I don't have a copy of the EKG trace from my stress test later, although I did see it at the time, and the cardiologist pointed out slight bradycardia and a slight depression at one segment, but was totally unconcerned. Come back in a year.

Are you interested?  There are plenty of good resources on the web.  From what I see, you can get a pretty good education in heart matters on the web, provided by authoritative sources. (Plus the usual random assortment of misinformation from obvious and less obvious quacks and charlatans).

After supper, I watched two episodes of New Blood an improbable, but pleasant cop show then went to bed.

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Sunday May 14th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Showers ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 13. UV index 5 or moderate. Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Becoming clear overnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low plus 1.

I slept right through and woke up groggy at 0730.

I am feeling under pressure to get things done before Wednesday.  I know I will never get everything I imagine doing done.

The day was spent at the desk, doing books, writing letters and other tasks.  Around four, I got bored, did not feel like cooking, and phoned Joe to suggest going out for supper.  He reminded me it is Mothers' Day and that restaurants will be crowded, so I went over to their place for soup and meat balls with him and Oene.

Oene had a new computer and of course it was Windows 10.  I don't know anyone who really likes the new Windows8/10 start menu, so I downloaded Classic Shell, a little free utility that replaces the noisy, nasty WIn 10 start with the classic start menu styles from all the way back to Windows XP and beyond.    I downloaded and installed Google Chrome as well.  I did not have time to do a complete de-tune of the Windows 10 consumer interface and spyware, but that was a start anyhow.

I dropped Zip at Ruth's on the way home.  I had been undecided since I have an appointment at the groomers to cancel, but this was just too handy and saves 120 miles of extra driving Wednesday.

I got home around ten and finished off New Blood, then went to bed.

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Monday May 15th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. High 16. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this evening. Low plus 3.
Tue, 16 May Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers late in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming east 20

I was up until after midnight last night and slept right through and waking up groggy again, this time at 0820.

I'm doing books and catching up.  The house is a mess and the yard needs some attention, not to mention the bees, some of which I have not looked at since last fall.

I pulled the drop boards again and count five mites on one and six on the other.  That is over the time since I last looked.  When was that, anyhow?  Days ago.  The eleventh as it turns out and the boards had been in a day at that time, so that means this is the result of five days.  i.e. one a day dropping.

If we assume a 100-day varroa life for rough purposes, that means 100 mites in the hive.  Not bad.  In 15,000 bees, that comes to 0.7% infestation or 0.5 mites per 300 bees.  I suppose I could do an alcohol shake to confirm, but what is the point?

There is more discussion of what daily drop counts mean than many will care to read here and here and on Jean-Pierre Chapleau's pages.  The take-home is there is nothing to worry about here -- yet.  I imagine by the end of summer, some sort of action will be needed.

If these drops are accurate, they are a testimony to the quick, cheap and easy oxalic evaporation method of varroa control which is all I used last fall.

 I worked on the books until evening, then decided to do some cleanup and tackled a corner of the living room that has not been disturbed other than cleaning for ten years or more.  That was satisfying.

Then I watched a bit of Bordertown, which turns out to actually be entitled Sorjonen and entirely in Finnish.  I always use subtitles anyhow as my hearing is not what bit once was so that is not an issue. It seems a bit grim with more than necessary crime depiction, but we'll see.

Traditionally, a murder or other crime was merely an excuse for the rest of the action and intrigue. We'd find a body, then get on with it, but over past decades, detailed violence and nastiness have taken a larger and larger role to the point where the drama almost secondary and the plot merely an excuse to depict ugliness.

I prefer the former style. Yes, here is a body. Spare me the details.  Lets get on with the chase.

We'll see which sort this is.

I went to bed before midnight.

*   *   *   *   *

I have been watching what I eat again and intermittently listening to The Complete Guide to Fasting on Audible. Today, I had oatmeal for breakfast and an orange or tow and yogurt and some of my bean stew, but skipped supper.

I've been interested in weight loss and metabolic syndrome for some time and last weight somewhat permanently over the past few years, but am wondering about the various ideas that are going around. Fasting is an old idea that has come back, but is quite incompatible with our consumer society, a society where everyone is trying to shove something into you home, garage, or mouth 24/7/365.

It starts with our moms.
"Eat your breakfast". 
"I'm not hungry."
"You will be. Eat, so you will grow up big and strong". 

And so it goes. TV and the advertising that surrounds us everywhere tells us, "Consume. Consume. Consume".   Most people are not even aware of the implications of much of this and accept, obey, then parrot the messages, adding more pressure.

I'm toying with fasting, and have played with the idea over the years, but hunger always gets me.

I did a 24-hour fast once years ago and was surprised how time slowed down.  I found that mealtimes are my signposts in time and without meals, time just went on and on.  At Mom's the day revolves around meals with the dinner menu decided before lunch and attending at mealtimes very much constricts my schedule.  Seeing as I am there to visit Mom, I mostly attend, but my normal mealtime observance is much less strict. Nonetheless, at home, I tend to think from meal to meal. That needs to change?

At any rate, I did restrict my food intake and am going to see how long I last tomorrow.  I have been feeling crappy since I drank that red wine, so I am easing into this.  My blood sugar was higher than usual earlier today, in the sixes and sevens without eating, so I think I am under the weather.  It was down to 5.3 tonight though after not eating and doing light housework, so simply reducing or stopping food intake works better than picking foods.  Who'da thunk it? 

Doctor Jason Fung, that's who.

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Tuesday May 16th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming east 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight Periods of rain. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Amount 5 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low plus 3.

I woke up groggy again, but after eight good hours of sleep.  I'm back down to 212.2 after a few days up at 215, so I am doing something right.

I'm skipping breakfast today to extend my overnight fast.  We'll see how long I last. I tend to give in to hunger, but I'm trying to convince myself that hunger is not bad and is a natural and normal feeling, not something to fear -- and not to suppress any hint of hunger immediately with food.

The idea behind fasting to reduce insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) is that when absolutely no food is consumed, the body reduces insulin demand and switches to using stored resources.  After the immediate energy in the blood, liver, etc. is consumed, which takes up to a day, fat burning begins. 

The longer the fast, the longer the insulin resting period and the more stored resources consumed.  Apparently the reprieve from high insulin allows cells to reduce insulin resistance.

The above is the simple version and probably wildly inaccurate, but we need a story to explain everything.  If we don't have a convincing story, no matter how unlikely or unfactual, we won't believe what is in front of our face. If someone makes up a story that links familiar ideas, people will believe that story over strong evidence against it.

I have no idea if this is the truth or some cock and bull story, but apparently it works.  I'll have to find out for myself though since we can find testimonials in favour of almost anything.  Even ignoring the shills who are paid to lie, honest people see the Virgin Mary in pizza. 'Nuff said.

Even if fat is not burned, it allows the blood levels of the various products of our last meal or snack to clear and to stop the demand for insulin production.  This break from eating allows the full natural cycle from feeding to clearing the system to complete.  That's the theory.

My last food was yogurt at six last night.  At 1000 today, I am experiencing a little hunger that comes and goes, but can mostly be ignored.  In my experience, hunger tends to fade after a while if nothing is eaten and especially if our minds are on something else. It's like really really needing a washroom, then being distracted by something and having the urge inexplicably fade completely, then return sometime after the distraction is gone.  We'll see.

I had coffee this morning though.  Apparently coffee and tea, and water -- of course -- contain no nutrients that affect the fast. Coffee tends to make me hungry by irritating my stomach, but coffee also keeps me alert.

When I stop eating for a while, I'm actually quite shocked at how much and how often I normally eat.  I tend to buy too much, too, and my social occasions are are structured around eating and/or drinking. I'm aware, too, that being accustomed to eating and drinking copiously and often is an obstacle to reducing.  It is not physical hunger so much as habit that keeps us eating.

At 1045, my BG is 4.7, but my BP is 139/87 and my Pulse is 41.  I feel okay and my hunger has receded.  My glucose is seldom this low, and the bradycardia does not seem to affect me. I feel normal, even when I get up and walk around.  Curious.

I got up and watered plants and checked again.  Pulse only went up to 46. Hmmm. I feel just fine. Never better.  BP went up though, to 155/88, Minutes later, though is 143/77 and pulse is back at 41. (Normal is 60).

At 1203, I am less hungry, but a little vague-feeling.

My doorbell rang around noon and I opened the door to find a woman with a government survey in hand wanting to schedule a questionnaire about healthcare locally.  I said, now or never and we sat down.  It took half an hour.  She asked questions and I answered. She typed on her laptop.

It was an interesting experience, but I don't know what they will learn.  Most questionnaires are poorly designed.  For one thing, I don't know who thinks people will tell the truth.  I did, mostly, when I knew it, but interviewing people is one of the worst ways to learn the truth. 

If people do not shade the truth, they often don't know it and guess.  Some questions were about things that most people don't spend much time considering and would answer differently if given time to ponder.  Moreover scale of one-to-ten type get differing ratings from different people meaning the same thing due to perspective. 

I found it interesting that my responses to queries about my well-being and happiness were uniformly positive.  Glad to hear it. Considering the slant of the questions, it seems I am in a minority.

While we sat there, I heard dripping downstairs and afterwards I discovered water dripping onto the clothes washer.  I had expected the shower drain was acting up again, but this time it was the bath tub filling spout and a dripping faucet.  I shut off the water and went to town, expecting to get a cartridge for the taps, but it seems that system is now obsolete.  Strange.  It is only thirty-five years old.  I bought two shut-off valves and went home to install them in the lines so I can turn on the water for the rest of the house.

Along the way, I stopped at Elliotts' to assist with Shirley's computers.  She has two new computers and has also decided to change Internet providers, so there were a few wrinkles.  She has had problems with viruses and such in the past, due to activities by visitors, so we set up a guest account for visitors.  She needs a reliable machine for her work.

At 1800, I have now fasted for twenty-four hours and have to decide whether to go for thirty-six.  That means another six waking hours without eating.  So far, it has been pretty easy.  Much of the time I am not hungry at all, and when I am it is not overbearing.  I have been slightly light-headed at times, but that is not especially unusual and could be due to anything. 

I am feeling quite relaxed and calm.  My BG is 4.9 and BP is 119/72. Pulse is 54. Not bad.  I'm tempted to go until the morning.  Word is that hunger fades the second day, and if so, why go through the first day again? 

Going two or three days, or even a week is harmless for a healthy person, and it has definite benefits.  I doubt I'll last past breakfast tomorrow and we have yet to see if I even make it to midnight, but not eating can become a habit, just like eating and I am sorta getting into it.

I shoveled the ashes, then watched more episodes of Bordertown, then went to bed at ten.

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Wednesday May 17th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light near noon. High 9. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Clearing overnight. Low plus 2.

I woke up at 0644, feeling groggy, but not hungry. I weighed myself and the scale said 208.4!

Bingo. My intermediate target was 210 and I passed it.  I lost four pounds in the last two days, so, of course, much of that is bound to be water.  Nonetheless, this is the least I have weighed since 2007 when I last hit 208, the lowest in decades before and ever since.  Somehow, after that I let my weight creep back up.  Will I do that again?  Good question.  I find that I feel the cold more when thinner and also my mood is a bit less cheerful. I wonder how I would feel at the 150 or so that is recommended for my frame.

Next target is 200. I'm in no hurry to get there, though.

How do I feel?  I did not find fasting too difficult, and much of the time I was unaware of it.  I was a bit light-headed at times and my concentration was not quite as good at times, but my activity was unimpeded.  In fact, I may have been more active than usual and had better focus.

Today, though, I found I was very slow getting up and not at my sharpest, and I have a big day, so I ate an orange and a bit of steel-cut oats porridge with raisins, but no milk, plus some coffee. 

I was feeling an bit vague and now I feel more normal.  It did not take much and I am not hungry. After fasting, hunger does not return for a while, and that can be a good thing. Why not use that phenomenon to best effect and eat as little as possible for the next while?

How to end a fast.

I wondered about my BMI, and BMI is calculated based on height.  Since I know I have lost height since my forties, I measured my height, just to be accurate, not that any of these calculations are precise.   Each of us is unique -- just like everyone else.  These figures and ranges are consensus numbers and aggregates.  YMMV.

My height  turned out to be 5' 10-3/8, down 1-1/2" from my maximum at six feet, years ago, marked decades ago when  the kids were growing, still on the doorjamb beside the new mark I made today.

From BMI Calculator

BMI = 29.84 kg/m2 (Overweight)
Normal BMI range: 18.5kg/m2 - 25 kg/m2
Normal BMI weight range for the height: 128.9lbs - 174.2 lbs
Ponderal Index: 16.79 kg/m3

From Ideal Weight Calculator

Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 156.5 lbs
Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 155.0 lbs
Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 160.9 lbs
Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 165.3 lbs
Based on the healthy BMI recommendation,
           your recommended weight is 128.9 lbs - 174.2 lbs

From https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/quick-guides/what-is-a-healthy-weight

Wow, I am now merely 'overweight' by a hair, seeing as I am a bit over 5' 10". 

I should weigh 175, maximum.  I wonder how that would feel?

I posted tjis to Fatsecret:

I have been fasting for 37 hours now. 

I really never thought I could or would be able to fast -- or even want to -- but after listening through all the various books about how our weight and health problems are due to the carbs, then the fat, then specific nutrients, and all the various permutations and combinations, I got to thinking they are all right. It is food. Too much food, too often and I came across fasting.

Seems fasting is not a new idea, but it is a very foreign and threatening idea to a consumer society that revolves around growing food, transporting and selling food, preparation, serving food and eating. Some very large and profitable industries are built on all food all the time.

Apparently fasting (within reason) is safe and beneficial for most people. Every day people all over the world are fasting. People have fasted as long as there have been people and the benefits have been known for at least that long. Some do it intentionally, for religious or health reasons, and many do it because they have no choice.

At any rate, my first real attempt has been enlightening. My weight dropped four pounds in two days. This morning, my blood pressure is 118/74 and glucose is 5.4 (98) but my pulse is 50, a bit lower than usual. I feel pretty normal.

I found some good ideas at https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/  , but basically, fasting is a do-it-yourself solution. It's not about doing anything, or buying anything. Au contraire. Instead of shopping and spending money, you save that time and effort, and you can go as long as you feel good and stop when you like. Apparently even a twelve-hour fast between supper and breakfast has measurable beneficial effects.

Will I keep this up today, or eat something soon? I have not decided. Will I do a fast again? Good question. Probably.

I'm packed and ready to go.  I thought I should weigh my bag, so I stepped onto the scale and it read 215, heavy sweater, clothes, wallet, phone and all.  I picked up my bag and the scale said 259. Simple math says it weighs 44 lbs.  Hmmm. At one time, I weighed almost 259 with my clothes on.  Look at the bag.  Wow!

It's heavy and I hope I don't have to lug it far.  To think I carried that much weight with me everywhere, every day at one time!

I drove to the airport and checked the bag. On the flight I watched Drop Dead Diva.  I had resisted watching this one because I don't much care for the American supernatural trope, but actually it was good.  My daughter had recommended it and we generally like similar shows.

Netflix downloads are amazing.  I can download several hours of video at the airport on free wifi in a matter of minutes and watch enroute, then erase after. 

I use my phone and my Bluetooth Awei Super Bass earphones. Laptops work, too, but are bulky and awkward.

These phones cancel out noise quite well and the sound is very clear.  The phone is HD quality and, held close enough, the 6P screen is pretty big -- it appears almost as large as a large flat screen across a room. I like these earphones so well I ordered another set.

I retrieved my bag at YYJ, caught a cab to the marina, walked out the dock, and boarded Cassiopeia.  I did a quick check and cast off for The Spit where I anchored and settled in.

I had eaten very little today: a little stew, two oranges, and a glass of tomato juice on the flight.  After anchoring, I decided to have another orange and a few spoonfuls of stew (I had brought some along) and a stick of celery.  I'm hardly hungry.

Barely had I anchored when Colin called.  He was in Active Pass making 15 knots, headed for Sidney on Last Tango and hoping I'd drive him to the ferry.  Oh, well. If I'd known an hour earlier.

On the way over, I had to set up the plotter all over.  Seems someone had reset it.  That's the trouble with chartering a boat.  Clients take liberties.

I'm settled in for the night here at The Spit, along with a convoy of other anchored boats.  Weeks ago, I'd have been alone or had maybe two other boats nearby. The summer season has started.

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Thursday May 18th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 17. UV index 6 or high.  Tonight Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 8.

I woke up at 0330 local and got up, made some tea and checked email.  After a while, I went back to bed and dreamed lucid dreams.

At 0700, I am up again.  I'll motor back to Sidney and fill with water and do a few little things, then head back out again.  The weather for the coming ten days looks great!  I'm here for seven, at least.

I ate an orange and a little stew and porridge -- a very little -- hoisted anchor and motored across the strait, arriving in Sidney at nine.  I found that Colin had taken my spot on the dock in the short time I was gone.  There was just enough space to crowd me in -- sideways, and sailboats do not go sideways easily.  Fortunately Callum and Kyle were passing by.  I threw them lines and they pulled me in to the dock.

I came back because I have a short list of things to do and want the boat A1 for the charter next week. The spinnaker needs a little sewing.  The wire for the monitor needs a connector. I need some groceries.  Even though I have been fasting I need to eat before long.  Going too long without eating on a first try would be unwise, but predicting the necessary provisions seems a bit difficult.

I filled the water tanks, found parts and repaired the monitor connector, reprogrammed the monitor, launched the dinghy and mounted the outboard, dragged the spinnaker in its huge, awkward bag that weighs at least forty pounds out and up the companionway, and waited for Callum to bring a cart.  And waited.

By then it was noon, and by the time I got the bag to the van, it was one. I drove uptown on the way to the sail loft, decided it was time to have more than a snack, and stopped at the Chinese restaurant for the lunch buffet.  I don't pig out at a buffet, but I had a good meal and went to the loft.

I was feeling a bit odd, but okay.  I had some indigestion, probably due to an empty stomach for 36 hours, and it's probably wise I decided to eat normally again.

Callum had called the loft and they were happy to fix the sail while I waited.  I went to Allbay for some cord and the sail was ready when I returned.  I stopped at Spenser's, then Fairway for groceries and went back to the boat.

By the time I was finished everything and was ready to cast off, it was six. In winter, dusk would be falling, but today, there are three more hours of light, so I cast off.

I considered The Spit.  It was nearby and easy, but I can go there any day and my destination is Pender Harbour, a two-hour motor, and the are many  interesting possibilities along the various routes. 

I also considered Stuart Island or Roche Harbor, which are along the route, but on the other side of the invisible line. Even with Canpass and Nexus, a border crossing could be a hassle.  9/11 changed things, but the recent election changed things even more from what I hear and I have no time for red tape tonight.

I saw the US president on TV when I was eating lunch today and he does not look at all healthy.  He was sunburned, with owl eyes and looked unwell. He appears to be under tremendous pressure and has the look of a man who realizes he has made a huge mistake but cannot turn back.  I wish him and his country well, but I am not going there tonight.

I passed several potential stops, but motored -- there was no wind -- to Bedwell Harbour and anchored off the docks at Poets Cove.  I have a reservation there tomorrow, but tonight I'll anchor.  I'll have to conserve electricity since the next two days will be without dock connections.

I watched thirty minutes of Walk of Shame, and went to bed.  The movie is actually better than I expected.  More later when I have seen the whole thing.

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Friday May 19th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Fog patches this morning. High 19. UV index 6 or high. Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low plus 5.

I woke up at 0400 and feel good. My mind is clear and I have new insights.  Cool.

When I got up, I discovered I had left the instruments and the autopilot on overnight. They draw about four or five amps and the battery monitor says 89% this morning after only ten hours on the hook, in spite of my intention to conserve battery. 

I can't use battery below 50% without doing damage, and charging using the engine takes hours and consumes fuel.  Oh, well. 

My gut hurts a bit, at the spleen and the diaphragm, and I am burping.  Actually, that started yesterday.  I had indigestion, a bit of this pain, and was feeling a bit vague at times.

Could it be from the fasting, from the Chinese food, from eating too much after a fast, or is it just one of those things?  Who knows? Time will tell.

At five-thirty, it is daylight, but I'll go back to bed for a while.

*   *   *   *   *

I got up an hour later. I don't know if I slept or not.  Must have.  I dreamed.  In colour. Interesting dreams. Beautiful bright dreams. Amazing, ephemeral dreams that can't be understood, explained or described. Beyond reason and analysis. Touch them and they are gone.

After the 36-hour fast, I noticed that I was not performing up to par yesterday and that got me researching. 

Apparently fasting is not as harmless as its most sanguine proponents make it out to be.  Check out the Minnesota Starvation Experiment

These guys were just cut back to 1560 Calories a day for 24 weeks, and lost 25% of their body weight -- and that is not really fasting.  It is just a strict diet.  Of course, these guys were young and not overweight to begin with, but look at the results...

What led me to the Minnesota study was looking into refeeding syndrome after noticing some odd effects. 

Refeeding syndrome was mentioned in passing and somewhat dismissively in The Complete Guide to Fasting, the audio book that convinced me to try fasting.  Refeeding syndrome was mentioned, as a rare and serious, but unlikely result of fasting. 

The syndrome came to mind when I was feeling vague and experiencing a pain and I scraped my mind for explanations. I do that.  I'm not a believer. In anything.

After only 36 hours, a full-blown case is unlikely, but, an obvious case of refeeding syndrome is the extreme in a continuum that runs from nothing noticeable to ...death.

From Refeeding syndrome: what it is, and how to prevent and treat it -- "Any patient with negligible food intake for more than five days is at risk of developing refeeding problems".  Oh, Hey! Where did that come from? Who can I believe? 

Five days.  I went one day and a half.  One and one half is almost one-third of five. Hmmmm.

This is fascinating.  Starvation and the effects of food deprivation are a very basic reality that is hidden from most, but not all of us, in our food-everywhere, food-all-the-time obesity-is-a-problem society, but an everyday reality for many worldwide.

Time to rethink a lot of things I try to ignore.

Would I do this fast again?  I think so, but I'll keep my eyes open and make sure I do it when I am not doing mission-critical things.  I quit this time at 36 hours because I am doing things that need concentration and strength and I was unsure how things would develop.  The problem with poor judgment is that one's judgment is too poor to self-assess. 

That is the irony in drunk driving laws.  Governments tax and/or sell booze and booze is known to cloud judgment.  People drink a little, then lose judgment and drink more, then have no clue they should not drive -- and then get a ticket -- or worse.

What am I doing today?  Well I began the day with three eggs and a cup of coffee after a twelve-hour fast.  (Overnight counts). I'm at anchor in a quiet bay with my tender tied beside me.  I think I'll go ashore for a hike, then check in and tie up at Poet's Cove Resort.  Maybe check out the hot tub everyone talks about?  Then I'll meet the other Bluewater folks as they arrive. 

I kid myself that I'll study Coastal Navigation to challenge that exam soon, or make entries to catch up my bookkeeping, but I know better.

Oh, yes, BG is 6.3 (high), BP is 131/72 (OK), and pulse is 46 (Very low).  46 is low and I wonder...

That low pulse worries me, but I feel fine.

At 0946, after raising anchor and moving over to the dock, I read 109/64 and 56.  That's better.

BG is 6.9, though, and I have not  eaten for hours.   I ate three eggs and a banana two hours ago.  I don't trust this meter, though.  I bought the strips on eBay and they came from Eastern Europe.  Readings have varied quite a bit even when several are taken one right after the other.  I took a second reading and this one is 6.4.  Still too high IMO.

Damn.  I see I left the instruments on again. Duh!  It has only been fifteen minutes, though.  Next, I go to check in.  This dock has no ramp, though, so I take the dinghy.

I checked in, spent the afternoon writing, went in and spent an hour in the hot tub got some beer, spent time on the dock chatting, had some supper, socialized some more, then went to bed.

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