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By lm (Tue Jul 04, 2017 at 08:52:28 AM EST) (all tags)
Three day streak of officially not being a fat bastard.

Also inside, I used to think folks into rucking were nuts but now I know that they're nuts.

One of the dirty little secrets of the medical industrial complex is that we really don't have a clue about what the ideal weight or body composition for a human being is. Some epidemiological studies show longer lifespans for certain weights but little has been done on body composition. And even with the weight story the band for increase in lifespan is pretty broad and doesn't match up all that great with how folks are typically divided into underweight, normal, overweight categories.

Add in variations based on how active your lifestyle is and age, and it's hard to pin down an exact number. For my purposes, I've settled on 22% body fat being the threshold between being "normal" and being "fat". So for one day last week, and three days so far this week, I've been officially "not fat".

I have a vague goal of getting down below 20% but I'm not planning on making any changes to get there for the sake of getting there. But, to be fair, I've not really made many changes to get where I am. Rather my "diet" plan is mostly to burn enough calories that it doesn't matter much how much I eat combined with trying to eat mostly balanced meals and not eating when I'm not hungry.

That last bit is hard. I almost always feel hungry and, consequently, am in the habit of eating all the time. Taking stock to decide "hey, am I really hungry?" takes a bit of mindfulness that I don't currently have.

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So my daughter's fiancee is into the whole Go Ruck thing. This weekend in DCia they had an event. The heavy started Friday. The light was going on Saturday when my daughter were out on the bike ride. We ran into the teams doing squats in the fountains at the Georgetown waterfront. And on Sunday, they were holding a scavenger hunt.

When in Rome, one does like the Romans do. So I dropped a 25lb plate into my army surplus ruck sack that I bought 20 years ago for $5 and off I went with my wife, my daughter, and my daughter's fiancee to scavenge selfies across the nation's capital to earn points. Including walking to/from the train station and so on, we covered about 10 miles across the course of the day.

It was fun. The list of things to find were all about team selfies for things like "find a monument with good steps for doing bear crawls" and "recite the Gettysburg Address to a passing stranger in front of Ford's Theatre". There was some wry political humor stuck in there. Teams were instructed to hashtag a selfie in front of the White House with #notmaralago.

The event ended with beers on the national mall - the last team selfie was clinking beers together and then food and drink at Old Ebbit's Inn, reputedly the oldest saloon in the District.

It was good fun. My daughter set up a Facebook page for our team: #ruckthepolice.

I might do one again. Might.

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After the ruck came my Sunday night swim classes. That sucked. Apparently you use much of the same muscles carrying around a weighted backpack that you do swimming freestyle.

The next day I was pretty broken.

I still hurt.

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In Contraception I'm up to the early modern period. It starts to get less fascinating as there are fewer discussions of issues I think are interesting (e.g. when does ensoulment happen) and more of the sorts of economic, legal, and sociological reasoning that people associate with the Scholastics. The author, John T. Noonan, also starts editorializing slight more as the book progresses. While I haven't gotten to the end yet, it feels like at this point he's now trying to explain away the past doctrines of the Church of Rome here and there. It's not a consistent thing, but his voice is noticeably more present than in the early chapters on late antiquity and most of the medieval era.

In some ways I find it astonishing that there is such a clear evolution of doctrinal development on the issue. I can't think of another religious issue off the top of my head where authors feel so free to just dismiss the writings of earlier generations. It's far more typical to see authors try to take previous generations out of context and say, "See, even the old and venerable authorities agree with me"

Apparently the author (John T. Newton) has another work over the changes to Church doctrines concerning usury in the middle ages. That might be going on my to-read list.

I also just found out that he died earlier this year.

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A cow-orker of mine recommended I watch RockNRolla. It was fun, pretty much what you would expect from a Guy Ritchie film. My biggest complaint is that it needed more Jason Statham. IMO, he would have been a large improvement over Mark Strong in the role of Archy. But Gerard Butler was great and it was a pleasant surprise to see Thandie Newton.

There were a few really great dramatic bits and, as is the usual with a Ritchie film, the soundtrack was quite fun.

Worth watching if you like Guy Ritchie films. If you don't, you won't get this one either.


A couple of months ago I installed Pokemon Go on my phone, mostly to have something to do when my wife wants to stop at Pokegyms on the way home from work and the like.

It's cute. It's kind of fun.

They recently reworked the gym battles and now it's a lot more fun. Well, when you're not running into errors. They seem to have a bug that the gym thinks it's still under attack after a player has taken it over for the team. It can take upwards of 20 minutes to be able to join the gym after someone from your team takes it over.

Apparently, I found a super rare Pokemon that everyone is jealous of, a "shiny" magicarp.

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I've been struggling with my weight again, too. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 08:17:53 AM EST
For the past 10 years or so I've been on a yoyo cycle where I'm in the low 220s during the summer and the mid 230s in the winter. Didn't mind because it was coming off each summer. With last year's drama, the weight didn't come off despite all the riding - and then I gained another 15 pounds over the winter.

So, since the drama resolved I've been working on re-training myself to stop using food as a pacifier, but changing almost 40 years of food habits is f'ing hard. The woman I started seeing to talk about the drama has convinced me to stay on to talk about my addiction to carbs. We'll see how that goes - I've declared the house a no-booze zone till I get back down to 220.

An Angry and Flatulent Pig, Trying to Tie Balloon Animals
no booze zone? by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jul 07, 2017 at 06:47:29 AM EST
shit's getting serious.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Yeah, the problem is... by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jul 11, 2017 at 12:35:52 PM EST
I eat to fidget. And when I say "eat" I mean "drink", too. I've been going through a 750ml bottle of whiskey every week for quite a while and, calories aside, I have expensive tastes.

Once I've gotten enough self-discipline back so that I can, say, ration myself to a bottle a month, then I'll be good - but past history is not encouraging on that front. Like ice cream, peanut butter, and attractive young women, it's just easier to keep them out of the house completely.

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Only one? by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 09:39:47 PM EST
Yeah, I should cut back too. I'm currently imposing a 2 AU per night rule on myself.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Weight by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #2 Wed Jul 05, 2017 at 06:38:42 PM EST
My central issue is that as far as I know, nearly everything about health and weight is correlation, with no causative mechanism proposed.  I'm personally convinced that in at least some range, it's merely a proxy for other conditions.   I think doctors fixate on weight because it is much easier to put someone on a scale than to give them a cardio stress test.

I've had frustrating conversations with my doctor where he notes that I've gained weight and I point out that I've been having troubles exercising due to a foot injury and the response is to suggest Weight Watchers or pills, neither of which, I believe, is going to help a damn with my health, rather than helping with the underlying issues.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

I like to ruck all night long. by reellife (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 02:46:31 AM EST

10 miles with a ruck? You are ready for a Light. Make it happen. I know some folks if you need training buddies. Ruck training is like learning to run, start short and work up. No wonder you were sore. 

Scavengers are a blast. My son loves them. He's even done a Light or two.

Have you checked out Ingress? It is made by the same people that later made Pokemon Go. Most pokestops are ingress portals. Ingress also has some GORUCK tie-ins (Ingress rucks, Operation Clear Field, etc).

Ok, back to hiding with me now...



You got a fucking shiny Magikarp. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jul 17, 2017 at 01:09:17 AM EST
FML. Why don't you get a shiny Unown while you're at it? j/k nice job.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Timely Update: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Sep 11, 2017 at 06:07:20 AM EST
I now have a shiny Gyarados.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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