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13 Weeks: A Dull Column

What can I say? Things are good.

Charlie Martin


October 12, 2013 - 11:00 am
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Seriously, it’s a little weird to be writing my 13 Weeks column and not have much of anything to complain about.


I just got back from taking a friend out for her birthday. We ate at Jax’s new seafood restaurant in Glendale (Colorado, “Godless Glendale”, the little enclave inside Denver with slightly more liberal rules for bars and restaurants. And stripper joints but we didn’t go to a stripper joint.) I had a frutte de mare salad, octopus and squid and clams and mussels in a vinaigrette, then an iceberg wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese, and a piece of monkfish sautéd with duck fat on a bed of a little bit of risotto with wild mushrooms and sautéd spinach and some nice chicharrones as a garnish.

Tasted great, and dinner only cost as much as a week’s groceries. But you’ve got to splurge every so often, and as a high-fat low-carb meal it was pretty much exemplary. I seriously do recommend the restaurant, although they seem to have a little bit of organizational trouble due to the weather getting cold enough they had to close their outdoor seating. But it is mid-October in Colorado, you have to figure it would get a little chilly. (In fact the first ski resorts are about to open.)

I took my blood sugar just now, about an hour after dinner, and it’s 91. Morning blood sugar has been good too. My weight has bounced up a little this week, but “bounced up” from 264 means it’s more like my lows from a couple weeks ago.

And I feel good. That last 5 pounds seems to have made as much, or more, difference as the preceding 30. I feel somehow skinny. I’ve had people — like a barber I hadn’t seen in a while — comment on how much weight I’d lost.

My mood is better. People who have depression will tell you, it’s not just a bad mood or feeling sad — it’s more like all that and a mild case of flu, body aches and all, along with a foggy, thick-headed feeling. And, well, I’m not feeling that.

Of course, the question is “why?” And if there’s anything I’ve learned in the last year, it’s that one or two or three weeks is too little to judge. But there are some things I’ve been doing.

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Glad you're having a good week. I really enjoy these posts - I look forward to them each week. And I'm giving the probiotics a try. Thanks!
1 year ago
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I've made some progress, down a dozen pounds and nearly 2% of body fat since June, and over 25 pounds since the beginning of the year.

I can't say that the 13 week program has helped with that since I have yet to actually complete a 13 week regimen, but I have picked up some useful bits from the column. I think the biggest was the tabata routine. It's a lot easier to fit a five minute workout into your day than a 15 minute one.
1 year ago
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It's been interesting watching your columns for the last year. Kudos for hanging in there and keeping it as honest as possible. I hope continuing research is done in the field of pro-biotics. I've had success setting some long-term issues straight with only one 5 day course, and I'mnot one that ever gave credit to anything remotely 'snake oil' sounding.
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