Archives for the month of: January, 2016

Been trying out a diet focusing on high fats and low carbohydrate after listening to a Tim Ferris podcast. Mostly using the book Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes. It feels strange and I am hungry more often. However, you don’t stay hungry long if it is alright to snack on Heavy Cream or straight butter.

I am not sure if I want to fully commit to it, but so far moving towards ketosis has been easier than taking tons of insulin for carbs.

I just accidentally found myself eating the way the book recommends about 3 days ago and I have just stuck with it generally. I’m nowhere near the <30g of carbs recommended, but I am pretty low.

Other than that I am still having trouble with my sleep schedule, but with the learning from reading Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor I think I know, finally, how to tackle this.

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/treatment-for-diabetes.html (Great ketogenic diet website)

http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/11/03/dominic-dagostino/ (Podcast)

http://amzn.com/1860542387 (Don’t Shoot the Dog)

Been a bit adrift for a few days. Sat down and started a list of everything I could think of that could come after “I should be…” the other day. Right now I am at ~170 items after 3days of working on the list. I think I’ll put it in a spreadsheet and prioritize it once I feel it is complete enough. Most people have reacted to me making this list as though it was some terrible thing. I still feel adrift while writing, but it does feel nice to put all these usually overwhelming thoughts outside my mind and just keep them n a notebook instead. Maybe once I prioritize them some I can figure out which things I “Should” do will actually be positive things to work into my life. Do a 20/80 analysis on them.

Yesterday I sat by a fire with Mark again. It was wonderful. His kids ran around and we taught his son to put stuff in the fire without throwing it. I even got to read a bedtime story. It was a really good night.

Today I’m just writing and talking to people and avoiding eating meat for some type of world compassion day thingy. It is strangely peaceful to not have any passions pushing me to always be doing something, but I do hope something pops up soon for me to do, even if it is just my mysterious job actually starting.

I woke up at around 10 and somehow found myself reading In Defense of Prejudice. I am not sure how I got there, I was typing “in defense” and that popped up so I read it. It was quite good though. Written a decade ago about the rise of political correctness and its true nature as a version of Mental Purists. Rather than being terribly biased as most articles on the topic are it was a balanced and insightful read.

After a while I did a glucose test and found out that I had finally gotten my 3 month average below 200 for the first time in 15 years. I am still really excited about this. I went out and bought myself an expensive lunch at the organic/gourmet restaurant in town as a celebration and then had some amazing Buttermilk pie.

I spent the afternoon playing Fallout 4. I do wish I had gotten more done with that time, but the overcast sky had me a little sluggish and I guess I was thinking of playing the game as a reward. My plans for the day fell apart a little after I got excited hah.

Eventually I met up with my friend Ali, to return his house key and get a plate of delicious Biryani his mom made for me. I had been taking care of his snakes while he went home for part of  the Christmas break. I got some Japanese studying done on the way over, so that was good.

Ali joined me in going to the Kookaburra to have coffee, and we had some conversations about animal breeding, operant conditioning, and a good amount of discussion on Crested Geckos. It seems I am seeing more of my science-minded friends. Yesterday it was Mark, and today it was Ali. I wonder who I know who would continue this trend in intelligent conversations and camaraderie for tomorrow?

I also got permission from a neighbor of mine to come over and borrow their dog sometime. I have really wanted to train an animal since beginning to read Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor and this dog has energy and curiosity so she will be great to practice with.

I woke up in a really weird mood. I was just sad and felt terrible about the world in general. My best friend invited me to join her and her boyfriend at a market, but I couldn’t get myself out of my funk enough to join them.

After studying Japanese for a while I started to feel a little better, and eating a tuna fish salad also helped. I got myself out of the house to the coffee shop and had some fresh coffee while reading about Service Animals. I found out that diabetics can get service animals to help them when they have low glucose and just keep them exercising. It is a really tempting idea so I am going to keep looking into it.

While I’m out I get a text from another good friend, Mark, to join him in tending a fire he has set up in his backyard. After struggling through the holidays traffic I make it there and my whole day picked up and was great. I had to make one outing to grab another bag of firewood, but other than that I was glued to the fire. Talking with Mark and Daniel while their kids ran around being kids was just what I needed. Eventually Mark’s son, Sam, joined me in being glued to the fire and threw ripped up palm fronds into the fire to watch them flare. I also spent a good portion of time burning and then eating 1lbs of Conecha Smoked Sausage.

Oh Oh, I do not know the name right now, but I had the first Scotch I have ever enjoyed, and thus the first whiskey I have ever enjoyed. It was exciting because I’ve always hated having to tell people I don’t enjoy whiskey. They always look so sad. So now I know I can tell them what I like, even if I have no idea how to spell it haha.

New Years Eve I went out with my girlfriend and we wandered around town getting drinks. Thankfully we made it to a cigar bar in town and enjoyed the countdown right as we got our drinks. It was the first time I’ve ever had a New Years kiss the way it is thought of. Surrounded by people in a bar with a drink in my hand.

The next day we got up and went to Jacksonville to wander there for her day off. It was kinda an overcast day, so we spent most of the time driving, I enjoyed getting us lost a few times. We eventually ended up at Poe’s Tavern. It had a great burger and in the bathrooms they had an audiobook of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Golden Scarab playing.

On-wards from there we went to the mall and walked around till closing time. As a finale to the day we saw Star Wars The Force Awakens on a huuuuge screen at the Regal Theaters here. Much better than the neck breaking front row seas we had the last time we saw it.

 

It was a rainy day, I never found the oriental market I was looking for, and most of the time we were driving. I really enjoyed it 🙂