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Apr 16
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If you eat breakfast, stop. If you don’t eat breakfast, start. A small change in routine has been shown (by peer reviewed studies) to be more important in weight loss than caloric reduction alone. It also worked for my dad, who’s in the same spot

I feel like this is what I’d post if I were trolling. 

Are you strictly being serious? And yes, I mostly fit some sort of breakfast into each day or else I am a zombie until my first meal. 

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have you tried a CPAP for your apnea? it changed my life.

On it. And, yes.

Again, only 6 months in, and the nights where I feel like rolling over to sleep on my stomach for whatever reason (stomach irritation?) are the ones where it’s still a little rough in the mornings. But I’ve gotten great quality sleep much of the time since I received the machine, something that happened almost never before.

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maybe give up beer

I think I have 3 - 4 beers a week now. And not heavy ones.

I burn that much in calories in an hour of cycling. And for the past two weeks, I’ve cycled for 9+ hours a week.

At some point it’s just beershaming

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My only thought is maybe if you’re biking that much you need more calories, not less, and you should focus on other parts of a diet (less fat, etc.). (This is also meaningless advice because my own weight loss efforts haven’t done anything for me.)

That’s good advice, though. The problem is that I’m already following it. I don’t have much in the way of carbohydrates during the week - not a complete elimination, but I’m no longer cavalierly ingesting sugars and breads and starchy grains - and I am pretty particular with how I eat before, during, and after training rides. I will eat an appropriate amount of carbs before a ride but it’s not mounds of food - I’m actually very much on-point with this stuff now. During a ride, I will have a healthful lunch but if I’m at all eating anything restorative on top of that it is high in sugar and designed for the purpose (or close to it), with an eye toward avoiding cholesterol-heavy foods. After a ride, I’ll have moderate carbohydrates and high-protein meals (cooked food, supplements, etc.). I try to include fresh fruit in the mix of all of this when I can, since it’s almost magical in its effects.

I’m not perfect with all of my diet stuff, but I’m at a level when I could hardly be described as fasting, but I’m still at a mild calorie deficit, so in this timeframe I should have lost at least 4-5 lbs by now. I may very well have, but only to replace it with muscle. The problem is that I’m not doing myself any favors by being overweight AND strong.

I need moderate time in aerobic activities to simply get into the fat burn zone. And I have seen that I just haven’t had the time/money/weather to have accomplished this with the way everything is set up. When you have a 9+ hour/day job plus loads of external obligations, and you’re not exactly in a position to easily drop $400/month on fitness reinforcement (a nutritionist, a trainer, the cost of a Manhattan gym), it gets to be inconvenient. I may have to shift my thinking about how to get these results - find ways to get workouts done in bad weather, pony up for a trainer, quit one of my activities that’s just a time drag and come back to it in 6 months… 

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um I don’t know if you missed the Times trend piece on Adults Using Adderall but you might wanna look into that.

since I am a legit certified Space Cadet® I actually have piles of the stuff and I find that it is partially effective but makes me feel like shit, in part because of the sleep apnea thing (which BTW is likely the real underlying cause of the Space Cadet® diagnosis, and how fucked up is it to take amphetamines after you hardly get any good sleep? Why not just give me whatever Barry Bonds was taking since people are tryna kill me off early anyway?)

I am feeling somewhat better rested lately, but I’m not all the way there, and until I know more about what’s going on with that I’m going to take a moratorium on hard-core stimulants. Just know that I am even exceedingly careful with COFFEE because of how I start to feel after slightly immoderate amounts. 

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In an overworked, dilapidated-parks, early-sunset-freezing-winter city like New York, the perfect thing to tell someone is “only running or swimming works” 

Whenever I have anything that is at all proximate to “free time” it is 10pm and under 40 degrees outside, consistently, for months. And it’s not even a pretty place like Minneapolis

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Is it maybe the thing where you are building muscle so you’re not losing weight? But also I agree.

For reference’s sake, there’s a really tough hill in the region that’s nearly a mile long at a steady, steep grade - in January I climbed it at about 4-5mph as a maximum steady effort. On Saturday, it was 6-7mph. 

Also, I have lost a little bit of waist size, while my leg size has increased to the point that it is making life difficult because I buy my clothes in skinny-asshole-NYC rather than the lumpy-American malls in the suburbs. (Ask me how my recent trip to H&M went! Or… don’t!)

While that could be considered improvement, it’s still a major consideration for cyclists to maximize power/weight ratio, and I am at the point where getting stronger is like putting more fuel on a rocket… the extra weight negates the extra power enough that it’s counterproductive. If I want to be a more effective cyclist, I have to lose 30lbs of fat, period. There seems to be no amount of virtuous behavior that makes that possible anymore, but I’m surely familiar with the fact that it takes just the smallest amount of sinful behavior to bloat up quickly.

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I’ve logged somewhere around 300 cycling miles for the past three weeks. 

I’ve also been on a 2,000 calorie/day diet over that timespan, in the phases of the week where I’m not preparing for or re-energizing after a long ride.

Guess how much weight I’ve lost in that span

ZERO

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Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.

1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.

2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.

3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.

4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.

5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.

6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.

7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.

8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.

9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.

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artyucko:

langer:

I don’t expect much from a professional troll like Josh Greenman (haha buddy you’ve got VERY different questions to be bringing to the ethicist anyway), but when one of the top tech columnists in the business can’t wrap his head around the basic fundamentals of the carbon output of jet fuel v. automotive fuel and why receiving twelve different packages via overnight air—even if they’re on the same flight!—is profoundly more detrimental than ground freight, well.



I’d like to put all of these people in a box and ship it somewhere. I’ll pay the carbon credits, will a $20 cover it?

artyucko:

langer:

I don’t expect much from a professional troll like Josh Greenman (haha buddy you’ve got VERY different questions to be bringing to the ethicist anyway), but when one of the top tech columnists in the business can’t wrap his head around the basic fundamentals of the carbon output of jet fuel v. automotive fuel and why receiving twelve different packages via overnight air—even if they’re on the same flight!—is profoundly more detrimental than ground freight, well.

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I’d like to put all of these people in a box and ship it somewhere. I’ll pay the carbon credits, will a $20 cover it?