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  1. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    For whatever it is worth, I'm looking at another gizmo for my health. Obviously I like electronic gizmos. The Apple Fitness "rings" have been a great motivator for me and I started with the default goals. A couple days ago I increased my my "Move" goal and my "Exercise" goal. But I'm...
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    Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

    Honestly I have no clue if you are beating it back. I don't know if I had it. Despite what the doctor said, I still doubt that I had it because I was able to exercise, take long walks, wasn't fatigued, no headaches, no joint pains, etc.
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    Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

    It is very possible that they had it and did not know it. I had a moderate sore throat for a week at the start of August. No other symptoms. Didn't ever think it was possible it could have been Covid. Still don't know if it was Covid. But I was talking to a doctor who said that it probably...
  4. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    I hate the silly look of the AppleWatch but honestly there is no other single device that will give you the same functions as the "7" but if you team it up with a scale like the Withings (NOKIA) and a Withings Blood Pressure monitor and you have access to a lot of data. I have been using this...
  5. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    I used their powder for a couple years, ended up with some massive and kidney stones, apparently they were the cause. Lots of evidence that lower weight also lowers blood pressure so I'm hoping that shedding excess weight drops my BP
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    Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

    YES and NO If you are high risk of death for pneumonia then you are probably at a high risk of death for BA.5. So in that part of the comparison we are in agreement. BUT, it is very difficult to get pneumonia from another person, we don't spread it to each other. BA.5 is very transmissible...
  7. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    Every morning I take an "official weight" and today was the first day, in many years, where my weight was below 200#. 199.8. 0.2# below the threshold and, while a very small victory, it marks a milestone in progress. As I eat and drink my weight will likely go up a bit today, but hopefully...
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    Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

    Please define 'much less "lethal'" in quantitative terms that matter to at risk populations like the very people that P.G. has in her care home. Seems to me it is less lethal to the average population but spreads far more quickly. The at risk populations are still very much at risk. So since...
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  10. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    I actually lost a few pounds but the doctor upped my blood pressure meds and put me on low-dose (baby) aspirin. In addition to losing weight, I'd love to get off the meds, or at least reduce as much as possible. Today I increased my exercise goal, the default on the AppleWatch is 30 minutes a...
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    Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

    Covid is a mild illness for many. It is life threatening for many others. To dismiss it is potentially fatal. And clearly many have died from it. This thread is not to discuss the myths about it, but rather to discuss the real problems. Most people recover, but we are seeing a lot of...
  12. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    Just sheer coincidence, I got a new AppleWatch 7 a couple days prior to going to Florida 2 weeks ago. The watch has all sorts of interesting 'health' features. Blood O2 level ECG Pulse Steps taken Exercise Time spent standing vs sitting Noise level (for those of us with chain...
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    Is The Government LYING About The Jobs Numbers? (Shocking Intel Revealed)

    So as far as the JOBS number goes it appears that many people are now working 2 jobs to make ends meet but the overall number of people in the job market is still LOW.
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    Hydroponic Gardening . . . Anyone here do it?

    I'm not convinced to do Hydroponics but it is interesting. I have a workshop/garage where we could do it, it is climate controlled. There are some interesting videos on DUTCH BUCKET systems that actually look fairly simple. The water chemistry seems just a little more complicated than...
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    US Senate 50/50 takeover may be slipping away from the G.O.P.

    From what I can see there is about a 50/50 split on OUTRAGE and SUPPORT for the raid on Mar-a Lago It will be interesting to see if the raid hurts the Democrats or helps them. I suspect it will ultimately bite them in the butt over the long term if nothing was found, or if they find that Trump...
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    Hydroponic Gardening . . . Anyone here do it?

    Kicking around some ideas on gardening (for next year) and have been watching a lot of YouTube videos on Hydroponics Gardening. It looks to be very productive and also space efficient. So I'm curious, has anyone here tried it? Does anyone here use a hydroponic system currently? Etc etc etc...
  17. Melensdad

    looking to get healthier and more fit?

    FWIW, I'm 61 years old, 204 pounds, 6' tall. My ideal weight is under 180 pounds. A few days before I went to Florida on vacation I did a heart scan, they found out that I have a partial blockage in 1 of my arteries that is "worse than 74%" of adult males of my same age. Oddly, the other...
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    Today is "Navajo Code Talker" Day, sadly there may only be 1 surviving WWII era Code Talker left to celebrate

    No country has been able to successfully break the Navajo code talkers language during wartime. They were critical to our war effort. Today is the day we celebrate their contribution...
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    US Senate 50/50 takeover may be slipping away from the G.O.P.

    And more statistical analysis from 538 Project. It says the Democrats have a 61% chance of maintaining the majority. Interesting analysis from a company that has a liberal bias but tends to be very very accurate in their projections. Of course things can clearly change between now and the...
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