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A few years back, for a couple of reasons I went low carb, no sugar. About the only down side to it is that I don't sleep worth a damn now. Seems like no deep sleep, I toss and turn and wake up multiple times a night. When I first started and was really strict, I probably went a year and a half without a good nights sleep. The only time I sleep well is when I'm "bad" and go off the wagon carbs wise.
 

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the only down side to it is that I don't sleep worth a damn now.
That’s ….. unusual.

Too many carbs/sugars and not enough vitamins, protein, and exercise usually is part of maintaining poor sleep.
i have had severe sleep issues most of my life- several sleep seminars to learn. The inability to get to sleep isn’t an issue- I’m constantly exhausted- but quality (undisturbed rem). High ‘other’ carbs and sugars reduce the ability to get to sleep and stay asleep, and create addiction-like cravings that basically exacerbate sleep issues. Lowered carb intake and at least 3 times a week cardio reduces lethargy and usually improves sleep quality.
 

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A few years back, for a couple of reasons I went low carb, no sugar. About the only down side to it is that I don't sleep worth a damn now. Seems like no deep sleep, I toss and turn and wake up multiple times a night. When I first started and was really strict, I probably went a year and a half without a good nights sleep. The only time I sleep well is when I'm "bad" and go off the wagon carbs wise.
I went all in a few years ago on zero carbs, 20 gm/day may and not cheating with "net carbs" or anything else and lost 60 lbs in almost no time. never had sleep issues.
 

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I've lived a low carb life most of my adult life. On and off, you know how it is. Never had any sleep issues with the low carb diet, but I definitely have sleep issues when my weight gets too high. Snoring. Losing some weight and the heavy snoring pretty much goes away. My wife would argue that last point.

I'm 67 now, so it was about 37 years ago, making me around 30 yo at the time when I joined the Jack LaLanne health club. It was one of the first large gym or spa chains. They had separate days for women and men, which gives an idea of how long ago that was. Anyway, he was one of the first to offer a low carb diet plan, but no one really new the term "low carb" at the time. I was beginning to get that middle age spread, so I eagerly tried the diet, and found it really worked for me. They didn't sell food or books or give it fancy names. It was just a list of things to eat and things to avoid. Looking back at the Atkins and So Beach diets, and any number of other catchy name diets, they were all exactly what Jack LaLanne promoted all those years ago.

We didn't have any of the "net carb" foods available either. But I remember one chocolate candy that was available and it was okay to eat. The name was Aids or Ayds candy. Turned out to be an unfortunate name choice.

 

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I don't know if I've mentioned it already, but the email links to threads are now being redirected through an ad agency or a clicktracker, which I block on my network. I can't click on what used to be a simple thread link to view a reply. :mad:
 

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Jack LaLanne. There's a name I haven't seen in years. When he celebrated his 66th birthday buy towing about 10 boats with 66 people on board down a short stretch of the ICW near Fort Lauderdale. With his hands tied together in front of him. I got to take a 17 footer up from CG Base Miami Beach along with another Bos'n Mate and the Assistant Operations Officer to help patrol the event. He used pretty much the same stroke we taught recruits for drownproofing when I was on the phys ed staff at TRACEN Cape May, NJ.
 

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My wife and I went to Traverse City, MI this weekend for her to run in the Bayshore Marathon. She ONLY does the half marathon (13.1 miles) because she is a pansy. :ROFLMAO:

We saw 7 or 8 YJs this weekend. One for sure was the bombs. A 90 that was owned by an older couple that was super clean. The original owner bought it in year one. It was traded in almost brand new. 4" lift, 33s, lots of nice stuff on it. Really really clean. I got to talk to the owner for a few minutes.

I have slacked on fitness but yet in many ways am in very good condition for 59 years old. I spend some time on a bike. we go kayaking. I need to get back to skating but want to really learn how to run the correct way and see if I can run again. I have pain when I run in my knees and ankles if I run any distance. I know for sure that I do not run correctly and it may be all or mostly self induced. Anyways. When I watched a guy that was about 90 finish a half marathon, sure he was barely moving, he had a funny hobble, but yet he is alive and gets out and is active and that is what makes you live.

Anyways. My wife eats very healthy and it carries over to me but yet there are those times that I could eat better.

I am old enough to know that I have to do my part to grow older. The biggest one is to quit smoking.

I will say that I have never really been a sweet eater so that part of it is easy and the sweet that I like is dark chocolate which the correct stuff has some good qualities to my knowledge. I certainly eat fewer carbs than the average person and have done so for a long time. That is also out of taste and what I prefer to eat.

I do however need to drink water. I do not drink it often. My take is beer, coffee. soda, (which I also limit my caffeine intake anyways) etc. already have water in them.

It is interesting that this thread came up when it did. It is something that I need to get in gear hardcore on and am making big steps and have a bigger plan.

Wish me luck and success. I bet if I could do a really good run or walk with her at Moab and had the proper accommodations/lodging, she would not miss it for the world. I can go. There is no problem there. It would be nice to give her more reason to go. She is iffy on it right now. I have my winch in the front. I want my wench in the passenger seat.

Wish me luck on all of it. Especially the smoking.

Oh. And a funny moment. My wife and I stayed on the beach on East Grand Traverse bay. It is pricey but the 85 to 90 degree beach days this weekend and a plan to day drink on the beach (responsibly of course) and read and sun and then Uber ourselves to a brewery with the best Walleye dinner I have ever had, and then an Irish brewery for a sample, lots of water and an mile and a half walk through a very cool old city past lots of old businesses and victorian homes to Traverse City Whiskey Co. She likes Whiskey, I do not. So we had a couple of cocktails there, she had one that I better give her chest a thorough inspection so see if she is growing hair. It is just a public service that I offer her. I had to go the total fufu drink there. During this all, we had a most of the day in and out conversation about where we have been, what we have conquered, what we have stuck together through, blah blah blah. So I did say to her at this time, and we were in a great mood and having fun, that I do have a big regret and I have to right the ship. She looked puzzled. I got on my knee and told her that I forgot to get on my knee when I did propose to her the first time so I need to do it right and looking forward to a long ride from here. There was a very young couple at the table next to us that thought I proposed to her for the first time. The next 20 minutes of us interacting with them was one of the funniest times I have ever experienced.

BTW. These 3 days were just a continuation of our honeymoon I guess. But even better because who we are together is even more sure than somewhat unsure like it is in the beginning. I don't care who you are.

My wench is perfect for me.

Sorry for the rant. Really high on life right now.
 

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My wife and I went Really high on life right now.
congrats that’s awesome

I’m not married, yet growing culturally annoyed, and becoming cynically pessimistic myself.

The world is so screwed up and getting worse and more delusional every day.
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said in a news conference Monday that he's introducing a "national freeze" on handgun sales in his country to curb the increase in homicides.@bruinjeeper
And Biden is talking proposals like that here in the US.

That’s just one symbol of post modern stupidity, with a slur at gun owners by equating gun sales with homicides.

The current fake war in Ukraine that has cost thousands of lives for nothing, the threat of war in Taiwan, the foolishness of fiat money that we are paying for now. (Propane cost me roughly $650 last winter but sounds like it will be $1400+ this winter.)

We survived fine for 20-25+ years with low to no inflation but now with the benefits of Covid and the current administration’s incredible inability to have learned what not to do from the LBJ, Nixon, and Carter presidencies to avoid destroying the US economy, the cash I’ve been slaving to put aside to afford to buy my own property is eroding in value to the tune of 17% by some accounts. That pisses me off- the only beneficiaries to inflation are the federal government and those who have old mortgages not yet paid off- and The Fed in the end.

Driving to my sister’s house used to cost $55-$60 in the jeep. Now it’s well over $100 for nothing except the benefit of having surplus income for non-working people during covid if you were satisfied to stay at home instead of finding something beneficial to do (I worked overtime all through covid) other than buy stuff you otherwise couldn’t afford.
i put $10k in the bank from working during covid- I didn’t cash a single ‘stimulus’ check because I couldn’t knowing we are going to pay it back at 600% in the next few years.

I’m not unhappy, not depressed, but I am incensed that stupidity at the level of The Emperor’s New Clothes is robbing me of the profits of my diligence and work. And giving it to rec drug users and millennials waiting for a handout. And if you’re offended by my recreational drug user comment I do not care: you don’t need drugs to live, you need mental health, food/water, shelter, relationship, and meaning in life to live.

What a screwed up world that wants to steal my money and guns and freedom to travel and right to choose wether I want to take this or that vaccine or worship as I am convicted and see fit and ‘we’ celebrate pride month but I can’t celebrate my heterosexuality and corresponding views cuz that supposedly makes me racist, but I have to use a bathroom where ‘identifying’ persons are “uncomfortable” because men use it…and if I have a problem with that I’ll need to take sensitivity training. What?!!

Other than that I’m a happy camper.
 

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I was watching the news the other morning and they said when is all this inflation going to stop. Duh. It isn't as long as we keep printing money, providing handouts, and paying 15, 18, even 22 dollars an hour for jobs that in the beginning of 2020 paid between minimum wage and 11-12 bucks an hour.
 
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paying 15, 18, even 22 dollars an hour for jobs that in the beginning of 2020 paid between minimum wage and 11-12 bucks an hour.
That’s the lie of the “living wage” from politicians. When things get bad you raise the minimum wage but after the inflationary events. They get your tax dollar increases but the minimum wage people actually get less because inflation already robbed them.

basic economics- it’s the back-porch reason why socialism doesn’t benefit the broad base. The profiteers are the elite class and the organizers that can afford or get away with accepting and giving bribes.
But that’s a book I’m not qualified to write.
 

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The Republicans are always branded as the evil oil money loving ones, but that seems to be just typical projection from the other side. Gas prices under president Biden have only been this high one other time in US history. Under vice president Biden. So who's really getting richer?

"I did that." No, you did that twice.
 

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It’s quiet around here so I wandered the halls. Holy cow
The light on the bulb for the running lights work but nothing else works. The turn signal doesn't work and the brake lamp doesn't work. Anyone have any suggestions before I go and have someone charges me an arm and a leg to fix it?
He says the light reads five volts and another’s out, too. Changing the bulbs ain’t the answer
 

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Gettin’ this outa the other thread…
New Hampshire boys crafted it- The Shaw Brothers
Maybe it’s the New Hampshire water, but these guys did folk without the hateful stuff
@Boojo35 You got me thinking about this.
So many moons ago when my daughters were children I took them to see the Shaw Brothers live at a town hall in New Hampshire. I gave them a number of musical culture experiences like that, but only certain groups or artists.
The polish and ease of performance was remarkable- none of the typical croaking and guttural style of typical derivative folk musicians.

While I’m not a folk music fan other than Nanci Griffith or the Shaw Brothers, several years earlier (because they were famous) I went to see The Kingston Trio at the Flynn Theatre. Much to my surprise the opening act was the Shaw Brothers. They had the audience captured, and had to encore twice.
The Kingston Trio was rough, and loud. After a few songs I’d had enough, plus it was easy to leave as a number of people had left when the Shaw Brothers completed their performance, and were still leaving. We did, too. Clearly a large portion of the audience came for The Shaw Brothers, not the obnoxious Kingston Trio.

i miss hearing the old New Hampshire accents. Hearing them gives me nostalgic comfort.

For the young audience: here is the Coca Cola ad that made them timelessly famous.
Today that setting isn’t shocking, but it was quite unusual and groundbreaking to receive the message of multi racial empathy in the 1970s. While it didn’t ‘bother’ me, the message achieved much commentary from those who found it acceptable but - for reasons foreign to me- uncomfortable.
 

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This bit about getting healthier took a big step forward today. My wife is a half marathoner at 57 years old. She ran her first half marathon a couple of years ago. She started running in her 50s. I played hockey into my 40s, refereed and coached beyond that and was a coach that skated rather than stood around. Even at that time when I skated all the time, I would tell you that I cannot run. It is too painful. Running is a big part of her life, we truly are still best friends, I go walk some paths with her in the mornings from time to time but not often enough. She will run out and back to me. It works for us.

So back to the part of it taking a big step forward today. We went to Gazelle and I go properly fitted for shoes that work for me. Money is no object I guess if you set your mind to doing something that you have thought for years was impossible because of ankle and knee pain when doing it and have added in a back injury that hurts many days just when walking every time my right foot touches the ground, especially when carrying an item like a car battery across a few bays.

I have been looking at a lot of things on running form. My wife has taken classes and paid money to improve her own form. She has a hip that kills her before she is done with her half marathon. She also has plantar fasciitis which is a foot problem and a knee which gives her fits at times. She has worked hard on her form so her old a$$ can do this.

She insisted that we go for a jog tonight. We intervalled. walk some, run some, walk some. The first couple of times she offered some very quick and helpful insight. I try to stride to long, it makes me a heal striker. When I start to breathe hard I lose my posture and arm movement. I bounce up and down too much. I knew I did not run correctly.

Too easy. Shorten my stride, keep my head up, shoulders relaxed by not slouched, and have my feet glide more closer to the ground when gong forward and landing and push off rearward rather than try to propel myself by my forward foot movement.

It is the most pain-free I have run in a long long time.

We went 2.4 miles. Honestly only about a half to 3/4 was me running but it went really well.

She said I did way better than she did at first. I doubt it. She was never a smoker. I love her encouragement though.

In the end. We are both approaching 60 and want to spend a lot more time with each other. Me going on her runs helps to give us more time to talk or just be together but seriously and honestly. We need to both live longer to get enough of each other. I am blessed.

The smoking thing is going much better. I have not quit yet but have come a long long ways in a short while. I went about 7 hours between smokes at one time yesterday. My advice to the world though. Do not cut me off in traffic as I try to accomplish this.
 

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smoking thing
Three days of physical suffering. Or less

A week or two of habit abstinence which isn’t addiction-resultant- it’s merely choosing to deny neurological pathways their expected ‘situations’ until you establish new ones that become expected behavior in your brain. Parallel to initial grief at a death of someone close to you or surprise divorce papers, or house burning flat. Goes along with acceptance.

Five weeks of finding new ways to mark a transition between tasks and practicing that; and avoiding the substitute habit of putting stuff in your mouth (snacks, sodas)

Three weeks of diet modification to be nourished yet not require that ‘full’ feeling that packs on the pounds rapidly. Again, not addiction, it’s behavior you choose and deny. Fill on water…

Two seasons of consciously choosing healthy behaviors that become habit and make your subconscious forget previously self destructive behaviors.

And other than the first three days then the first two weeks- the most dramatic co-behavior (exhibited in nearly 95% of people who permanently overcome heroin and alcohol addiction) is to recognize / acknowledge your powerlessness to overcome and invoke / consciously invite “a higher power” to empower you to overcome. A spiritual renewal you choose as an act of dignity and will (not eating magic mushrooms which is going to incite an unpredictable experience with or without your choice and in spite of your will) to exceed the ability within yourself.

Nicotine gum can help, or a patch. But why does this so seldom get people to quit? Because it’s they themselves that created the habits and behaviors and denied common sense at a spiritual level/ the chemical addiction is done in 3-5 days.

They rest is on us, you, me to make the lifestyle and behavior changes necessary to not be victims of ourselves; not being so out of control in our character that we become victims and blame others when we fail.
 

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Thanks fish. Very insightful and appreciated. I will openly state that my higher power is my Lord and Saviour and I am not a victim by any means. I own up to my own failures.
 
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We took a train trip to Chicago with our Grandson this weekend. Had a great time. I have been in the 'burbs many times for automotive training but have not been downtown since high school which equates to a little over 40 years. There really is not much bang for the buck in many places. The wife and I both agreed. Example. Navy Pier. A lot of overpriced food and drinks with a toy of a Ferris wheel that is not worth the time or price. 60 bucks for the three of us to ride less than two revolutions under power and really got no view of anything that was worth it. Ride the London Eye one time and tell me why the Centennial Ferris wheel is anything more than a carnival ride. The museum of Science and Industry is awesome in many ways. The Field Museum has some awesome things. Other than that, we blew a quarter to third of the budget in three days that can do a Europe trip for a week or two. Js. I went to Chicago as a high school trip. Somehow, I was duped into thinking it is a great travel destination and our high school trip missed all these great sights. Nope.... We went to the field museum and the museum of science and industry then. There is nothing else to see there and it is all expensive as hell. Food and drink and getting around the city is outrageous. Go to Europe my friends. Go somewhere else. Save a few extra bucks and do something worth while. Hell. Go to Moab. JS.
 

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Now that we have sold our other house we have no swimming pool so the wife and I went today to buy our new pool. It is very similar to our last one, a 15x30 above ground but the newer ones are a little deeper. Something like 54" rather than 48". This one is a nicer pool and has nicer steps, cartridge filter rather than sand filter, 2HP 2 speed pump rather than a 1.5HP single speed, nicer accessories and a different chemical system. We used Bromine before and loved it over Chlorine but it is possible to run chlorine now at a lower level so we will try that first and if we do not like it we will go back to chlorine. We are really excited. It will be a few weeks before it is installed but we have to have some trees removed, take down a fence, etc. in the meantime anyways.
 

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This is random so it doesn't really deserve it's own thread. Someone is selling what they say is a bestop lockable yj trunk. The shape is confusing to me, and I can't seem to find it through searching.

Does this take the place of the rear seat? Is he mistaken? Not sure I need this, but curiosity has got me wondering.

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This is random so it doesn't really deserve it's own thread. Someone is selling what they say is a bestop lockable yj trunk. The shape is confusing to me, and I can't seem to find it through searching.

Does this take the place of the rear seat? Is he mistaken? Not sure I need this, but curiosity has got me wondering.

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That would replace the seat and basically fit up to where the floor rises. Also, I suspect that's for a tj based on the shape. It looks like it fits over the curved shape of the tj wheel wells.
 
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