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Location: Connecticut Gender: Male Neck: 15 in Chest: 36 in Goal: Gain Muscle Forearm: 10.75 in Hip: 34.5 in Age: 54 Calve 13.125 in Shoulder: 40.5 in Height: 5'9" Arm: 11.25 in Waist: 32 in Weight: 134 lbs Thigh: 19.5 in Body Fat: N/A%
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Started lifting weights around 8th grade and did it through college (when I also started running), then took 25 years off. Ran on and off during those 25 years. Then in late June 2016 I decided to completely transform myself for the better. So I quit eating virtually all processed foods, refined grains and added sugars, and I drastically reduced my alcohol intake from many drinks daily to average about 1 per week --and I feel MUCH better! In the first 8 weeks I lost at least 25 pounds! I started running again on June 30, and joined a gym with my son at the end of July --we both need the weight training, and its a great father-son quality time focused on goals of health and fitness. All those changes are just a part of the larger total personal transformation I decided to make. In late June 2016 I listed every single thing about myself that is not at my best and created an action plan to improve it. Now virtually all use of time is guided by my new goals, which include not just health and fitness but also skills and career improvement, becoming a musician, a poet and a painter, and abandoning (as a waste of time) all futile pursuits like political activism in order to focus on getting results from my efforts. Even my clothes and grooming, the foods I eat, the way I clean/organize my house, the subjects I read, the way I manage my thoughts and emotions....ALL of it has been deeply changed to align with who and what I want to become. I also deepened my commitment to being the best father I can be for my 16yo son. Besides joining a gym together, we are taking a painting class together and cooking together. I've combined the study aspect of health and fitness goals with a career goal of learning MS Office apps. To teach myself the MS Access database app --and to carefully study and learn the massive amount of information I'm reading on nutrition and health-- I'm cataloging what I learn from my ambitious new readings on food and health. I'm cataloging the information according to the following categories: 1) whole foods, 2) processed foods, 3) nutrients, and 4) body function & wellness. Each bit of information has citations to the sources where I found it. As the information from multiple sources accumulates, I'll be comparing to see where there is broad agreement and where the controversies are. Here are the books (so far) I am studying and transferring into MS Access. My goal is both to learn the information AND to create a nicely-formatted summary I can eventually share wholly or in part with other interested persons: Nancy Appleton: Suicide By Sugar Jonny Bowden: The Great Cholesterol Myth Elaine Gloria Gottschall: Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet Robert Lustig M.D.: Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease Denise Minger: Death By Food Pyramid Marion Nestle: Food Politics Stephen D. Phinney & Jeff S. Volek: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable Nina Planck: Real Food: What to Eat and Why Michael Pollan: Cooked Michael Pollan: Food Rules (Illustrated) Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food Michael Pollan: Omnivore’s Dilemma John Ratey, M.D.: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain Gary Taubes: Good Calories, Bad Calories Gary Taubes: Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It Eric Westman, Stephen D. Phinney & Jeff S. Volek: The New Atkins for a New You

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