Hungry all the time with a VIDEO interview

Ken Gipe
Mar 23, 2010

 

As far as eating is concerned, this has been the most difficult week for me. I had swim meets on Feb. 3, Feb. 6 and all day Feb.7 (41st Annual Ken Gipe Relays).

I had two very good morning workouts on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 with Trevor, and I really feel I am making progress in the weight-lifting department. We are doing more sets with more weight and some of the core exercises are getting a bit easier. We did add some things, and they were hard, but I could at least do them. The 20 minutes to 30 minutes on the bike is quite easy, but I use that as my warm-up. Trevor said that when we can add weight and do them quicker that the calorie burn will be greater. He is looking for me to get to the 250-mark and then amping up the training intensity to increase the calorie burn even more. We can’t do that until I lose some more pounds, so we can increase the intensity safely. I can’t “weight” until I can do that.     

I would like to be able to run a little this spring and maybe do a short triathlon by the fall. I know I could do the swim and the bike portions now, but the running will be the hard part and it is the last event. I wish I could do it in reverse, run first and swim last. If anyone knows of a shorter-in-length triathlon for late summer or early fall, please let me know.

I am looking forward to weighing less than 300 pounds, but the eating has got to get better. I am finding myself hungrier than before and craving more things, especially breads and potatoes. I have been able to stay away from most snacks, sweets and the regular pop quite well, but I need to do a better job of planning the evening meal and getting it eaten earlier; however, that will have to wait until swim season is over at the end of this month. Between work and swimming and preparing for meets that Port Clinton High School has hosted, I have been unable to eat my main meal until after 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. I also have been staying up until well after midnight trying to get things done.

I will be traveling during the next three weeks for major swim meets and I will have to be careful with my eating. I have made arrangements to have access to cardio equipment while I am out of town for eight days at the district and state swim meet. I have done well eating out. I don’t eat too much and I order more conservatively. I am doing well with my salt intake, too, and I have been allowed to cut my beta blocker by half for the next three weeks and then go back for a blood pressure recheck. I appreciate all of the support that people in the community/work and out in public have given me. I haven’t been recognized in a restaurant yet, like Kristin, so I have not been refused food by the waiter. We are going to do some measuring this week; the halfway point to next month’s big report. I will let you know if it is a positive or negative interim report in next week’s blog. I have a quote on my bulletin board in my office at Baumann’s. I wrote it to apply to work, but I am finding it is more applicable to my nutrition program. It reads: Failing to plan = Planning to fail.”

Comments

Anonymous

This article strikes just the right tone. I was also at the watch party and Drew was much more magnanimous in defeat than I ever could be. He is a very bright young man who got a rough draw and even worse "luck" in the categories. Is there anyone who thinks it strange that 2 categories were about geography when there was a world geography champion on the panel?

Drew will always be a winner to those who know him!

Winston Smith

This is indeed a racial problem, but not an exclusive American black or white one.

I recently read that when comparing the U.S. in the areas of math and science to the rest of the world, we are the equivalent to the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team of a few years back. We are wholly inadequate in the education arena.

I enjoy a saying by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping:

‘Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.’

Does the U.S. have a future in the global economy when the Chinese promote capitalism and we preach the socialist qualities of sacrifice and altruism for the good of society and denigrate individuals seeking wealth as being greedy?

In a very short period of time, the Chinese have brought the greatest number of people out of poverty in the history of the world.

Perhaps their 'capitalist' methods would be something for the U.S. to explore?

Winston Smith

I'm reminded of the adage: If you think education is expense, you haven't priced ignorance lately.

Anonymous

...Mr. Fuqua's behavior at SHS games and public events! What a roll model.

Winston Smith

If you've never read it, I recommend that you read 'Up From Slavery' by Booker T. Washington.

Mr. Washington taught that by learning a trade and being proficient at it, the Negro would eventually supercede the race issue.

He said, that if you're a 'plumber' for example, be the best plumber in town and the white man won't care about your skin color when hiring you. In fact he will seek you out.

Unfortunately Mr. Washington's approach differed from that of Mr. W.E.B DuBois who felt the way to equality was by way of the ballot box and political action.

Over the past decades, Mr. DuBois' approach has been predominate with most civil rights leaders and Mr. Washington's approach has been too far neglected.

Anonymous

I can't wait until Fuqua is elected to County Commisioner in 2012!!!

Anonymous

I lose for $1000 Alex!

Anonymous

It is both hot and red....

What is Tabasco!

Anonymous

The biggest problem is parents....or lack of parenting and it doesnt only apply to blacks.....if parents dont support their kids or on the flip side of that, support them to the extent that they make cops out to be the bad guys. When children get in trouble for screwing up, they need to be punishded. Those of us who are in our early thirties or older know that when we got spanked by our parents, we learned what we were not allowed to do and those we hated our parents at the time, we learned valuable life lessons. Well that doesnt happen anymore. Plus you take God out of schools and teach Safe Sex as opposed to abstinence....there is more blame to go around for this than you could ever imagine. Then we all sit back and ask why kids are the way they are. There are HUGE GAPING differences in the way things are and the way they were.

Anonymous

This article strikes just the right tone. I was also at the watch party and Drew was much more magnanimous in defeat than I ever could be. He is a very bright young man who got a rough draw and even worse "luck" in the categories. Is there anyone who thinks it strange that 2 categories were about geography when there was a world geography champion on the panel?

Drew will always be a winner to those who know him!

Winston Smith

This is indeed a racial problem, but not an exclusive American black or white one.

I recently read that when comparing the U.S. in the areas of math and science to the rest of the world, we are the equivalent to the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team of a few years back. We are wholly inadequate in the education arena.

I enjoy a saying by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping:

‘Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.’

Does the U.S. have a future in the global economy when the Chinese promote capitalism and we preach the socialist qualities of sacrifice and altruism for the good of society and denigrate individuals seeking wealth as being greedy?

In a very short period of time, the Chinese have brought the greatest number of people out of poverty in the history of the world.

Perhaps their 'capitalist' methods would be something for the U.S. to explore?

Winston Smith

I'm reminded of the adage: If you think education is expense, you haven't priced ignorance lately.

Anonymous

...Mr. Fuqua's behavior at SHS games and public events! What a roll model.

Winston Smith

If you've never read it, I recommend that you read 'Up From Slavery' by Booker T. Washington.

Mr. Washington taught that by learning a trade and being proficient at it, the Negro would eventually supercede the race issue.

He said, that if you're a 'plumber' for example, be the best plumber in town and the white man won't care about your skin color when hiring you. In fact he will seek you out.

Unfortunately Mr. Washington's approach differed from that of Mr. W.E.B DuBois who felt the way to equality was by way of the ballot box and political action.

Over the past decades, Mr. DuBois' approach has been predominate with most civil rights leaders and Mr. Washington's approach has been too far neglected.

Anonymous

I can't wait until Fuqua is elected to County Commisioner in 2012!!!

Anonymous

I lose for $1000 Alex!

Anonymous

It is both hot and red....

What is Tabasco!

Anonymous

The biggest problem is parents....or lack of parenting and it doesnt only apply to blacks.....if parents dont support their kids or on the flip side of that, support them to the extent that they make cops out to be the bad guys. When children get in trouble for screwing up, they need to be punishded. Those of us who are in our early thirties or older know that when we got spanked by our parents, we learned what we were not allowed to do and those we hated our parents at the time, we learned valuable life lessons. Well that doesnt happen anymore. Plus you take God out of schools and teach Safe Sex as opposed to abstinence....there is more blame to go around for this than you could ever imagine. Then we all sit back and ask why kids are the way they are. There are HUGE GAPING differences in the way things are and the way they were.