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13 Weeks: The Problem of Exercise

Seeing the big shiny sky thing.

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Charlie Martin

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February 17, 2014 - 7:00 am
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It’s going to be a sort of multi-theme column today: I’ve accumulated several things I want to write about while I’ve been suffering keyboard constipation the last couple of weeks. I’ve got some new things to talk about on the exercise front (and the workmonster front as well.)

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First the general (and uninteresting) stats: weight is still right there on the same old plateau between 265 and 270, glucose is doing the thing of being high first thing in the morning and low to unpleasantly low in the afternoons. Except for one day when I ate apple pieces and cheese at bedtime, instead of just protein, and got up with my glucose around 100 instead of the 120s. I’m going to the grocery store shortly, and will get more apples to see if that can be repeated.

I also got a new Fitbit Force, which is more or less wristwatch-like. (Immediately afterward, I found the Fitbit Uno that went missing when I’d just started this column. Figures.)

It’s a combination pedometer and recorder; you wear it all the time — except it’s not waterproof, so you can’t wear it into the shower, which strikes me as a little bit dumb. The most interesting thing I’m getting is that it does record various things while you’re asleep, and can thus track the quality of your sleep. From this I’ve learned that I am doing much better along those lines, that I can’t really get by on five and a half hours, and that it’s pretty repeatable that Kaleo gets lonely and wants affection around 5AM.

Which brings us to the actual point. The thing is a pedometer, and if anything I’m surprised that I do get some exercise even working at home and all. Most of it comes from running up and down the stairs, which is helped by the fact that I’m apparently constitutionally unable to actually remember everything I went up or down the stairs for by the time I get to the other end.

As I have repeatedly complained, however, it’s not enough and I’m sure it’s not enough, but it’s hard to both be a workaholic and make time for exercise.

At one point as I was complaining, my sometime writing partner Sarah Hoyt gave me an idea. An idea she said she’d gotten from Ginnie Heinlein, who said it was something Robert Heinlein used to to, and for a couple of Heinlein fanboys/girls like us that has to be good, right?

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A little more info. I won't go into the whys and wherefors ,but Novo really wasn't interested in my study for wt/DM controll. They are coming out with a product using high dose "VIctoza"-under a different name this year. Applying for FDA approval now. Their "SCALES" TRIAL had an average 10 % wt loss over 54 weeks. I ran my patients 14 weeks-using 1/5 of the dose of "Victoza" and had up to 20 % weight loss. (OK ,that was unusual,but still JUST USING CINNAMAON AT 3 gR/DAY allows a patient to use only 0.6 mg /day of Vz and get better weight loss and sugar control. It's hard to get a pharmacy to sell the VZ pens one at a time,so people may have to wheedle. Or beg.Obviously,both cinnamon and the GLPs decrease insulin resistance.Bystolic does also (20 % is the figure I have) SInce cialis causes lot more NO then Bystolic, I'd expect it to work better, but Eli Lilly says they have no data on NNO levels produced. (THey also say they've had no cases of the 4 hr erections,so I guess there is no Santa.) Ay way,hope this is helpful. Best of luck
Corwin
40 weeks ago
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Charlie,
Please get on the GLPs.I can send you samples, but I need to send them to a docs office.A little follow /up. I've started ONE patient on low dose Victoza and cialis (5 mg) for NASH/aka 'fatty liver' His elevated Liver enzymes fell 10 % (AST) and 25 % ALTY) in 2 months Weight is only down 9 # during this time,but he wasn't T2 DM or excessively obese.His weight is coming off his midsection-as is mine
In the past , I've felt Byetta was better for weight loss than Victoza,so I'm ssitchining a patient who is on 50 units/day of insulin to BYT and adding strattera 25 mg to accelerate weight loss (Recall ,Stratera is ann ADD med ,that's not amphetamine -but is the med I used to accelerate weight loss (and to change fatfrom White Adipose Tissue into Brown. If you don't mind , I'll post some results here.
Corwin
40 weeks ago
40 weeks ago Link To Comment
Get a treadmill desk. I have one (Lifespan DT1200), closing in on 4000 miles now, wrote most of my book while walking on it. Solved some shoulder/writ problems, too. Highly recommended.
42 weeks ago
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any thoughts on DPP yoga?
i am about to try it, working on flexibility and strength.
42 weeks ago
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Charlie, a little over a year ago I found your "13 Weeks" series via Instapundit. And via the "13 Weeks" comments, I discovered Mark's Daily Apple (via a Jim Treacher comment, I think). A year later, I am a new man: energetic, strong and the same as my high school days. Thank you, and I salute your ongoing pursuit of health!
43 weeks ago
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I think he can do both! Keep on the path he's currently on, and keep feeling better about what he's doing. He's a role model for lots of folks and my goodness have you started the whole 13 weeks thing---it's a meme!
43 weeks ago
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Well I would love to hear how combining apples and cheese at night works for you. I love that you keep trying new things and sharing the results with us. And LOL at your description of why you go up and down the stairs. And I totally agree with you that exercise will not necessarily help w/weight loss but it will help with lots of other things, including mood.
43 weeks ago
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Some need a bedtime snack. Some don't. If I don't, unless I am really sleep deprived, I wake up at 2 AM with my stomach attempting to digest itself (not pleasant). And I have lost 100 pounds over the last few years.
43 weeks ago
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Exercise will NOT drop your weight. Sorry. Yes, I AM an expert. I suggest you check out Jon Gabriel's The Gabriel Method or spend some time on Dr. Joseph Mercola's excellent website.

43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Uh, I must have missed the part of this where I suggested it would reduce my weight. Look back at the column, as I beat people up about this myself fairly regularly.
43 weeks ago
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Mercola? Really.

Anyone citing the master of snake oil is not an expert in anything.
43 weeks ago
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No you're not. You may be an expert on the generic human being, but individual differences are huge. So unless you know the author personally, and biochemically, you're just an informed guesser.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
Historically, it hasn't helped me much, but then after that first 40 pounds, neither has anything else. But I'm really looking for other effects, not weight loss.
43 weeks ago
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Carb + fat and/or protein rather than just protein at bedtime does a better job for me of lowering my morning number. Doesn't take much.

I have the Fitbit Flex; love the sleep data, even if it's pseudo science. The flex *can* be worn in the shower. I don't submerge it when I'm washing dishes, though. I keep increasing my steps goal - the dang thing counts sitting in the recliner and ROCKING as "steps".
43 weeks ago
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Well, and I turn out to be one of the people who is allergic to the Force wristband, more about that next week. But I had to give it up. They are getting me a full refund however.
43 weeks ago
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