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  1. Coquina' date=' presumably your husband was aware of what he was doing to himself. He could see it on his own body and messages about healthy lifestyles are ubquitous. As such how was it that he could become so over weight and refuse to take action? What is the mental process there, is it denial? Did he perhaps think that he was so over weight that nothing could be done or did he make a conscious decision to enjoy fattening foods and a sedentary lifestyle at the expense of his health?


    When you decided to get into shape did you get any specialist advice? Was it difficult, someone once called overeating an addiction as difficult to break as a cocaine addiction so i imagine you must have a fair dose of will power. What sort of support did you receive from people and was it helpful?[/quote']


    Aardvark - he loved food. Especially steak. He wanted me to fix steak every night. He wanted bread and potatoes with lots of butter along with it. He hated vegetables, the only ones he would eat were green beans, lima beans, and corn. I did eventually get him to eat brocolli, but only if I smothered it in cheese sauce.


    His father died at 60, his mother's brother died at 59 - both of heart disease. They had modified their diets and given up alchohol, but they died anyway. Butch always said he was doomed, because he had the bad genes from both sides of the family. He said he was going to eat what he wanted and do what he wanted, and if it killed him, too bad.


    There were many aspects to my weight loss - I started seeing an endocrinologist, who did find a problem with my thyroid. I had always eaten what I fixed for Butch, just because I didn't want to prepare two meals. I was so damn sick of steak I didn't touch a piece of red meat for 2 years.


    When he died, I lost my appetite for the first time in my life. It was a jump start. I do like food - I've challanged myself to figure out ways to prepare tasty meals that are also healthy.


    I didn't get off scott free by being fat all those years. I have a lot of arthritis in my joints from carrying around all that excess weight, and it's getting worse. When I see young people who are very heavy, I see me when I was younger, and think how much better off I'd changed my lifestyle when I was 30, rather than when I was 53.


    Being heavy is very discouraging - especially if one is prone to being overweight. I would suggest to anyone who seriously wants to lose weight to get a physical by an endocrinologist. Mine found a problem my GP hadn't found for years. It was making me carry a lot of excess fluid, which made it doubly hard to get off the couch and get moving.


    Enough soap boxing - sorry...

  2. Also, there is no chest bone below the sternum. Behold: [url']http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/~bmunkasy/3131/UE%20Skeleton%20Web.jpg[/url]


    Yes there is - but it's connected to the sternum by cartilage. It's called the "xiphoid process".


    Look here:



    See the dark areas? That's the cartilage that connects the ribs to the sternum - it's flexible so your rib cage will expand when you breathe.


    NPK - how do you "crack" your sternum? Injuring the xiphoid process can cause it to get a callus. I separated mine from the rest of my sternum by hanging over the edge of a boat hatch. I was working on the engine with both hands and all my weight was resting on my ribs. There isn't any way to set it, so it healed at an angle - now I have 3 protrusions on my chest rather than two.

  3. pFFHT.

    I went on Atkins and sat around all day.

    I use to weigh 340' date=' now i'm 200.[/quote']


    "pFFHT"? Dunno that one.


    I doubt you could exercise much at 340 - I couldn't when I was 270 either.


    How old are you? I am 56. My husband died of heart disease at the age I am now because he refused to take care of himself. He ate high fat foods and wouldn't exercise. He weighed over 350 once - he couldn't weigh himself on a conventional scale - had to weigh on the packaging scales. Diabetes took the weight off him, he didn't have to exercise either.


    I believe he thought he'd have a warning and then get his act together - it didn't work out that way. I woke up and he was dead.


    His not waking up was a wake-up call to me to become as healthy as possible. I refuse to dig my grave with my teeth.

  4. True - it's easier for some people to float than others. I can float on my back with my hands under my head and my legs crossed, and I have a heck of a time diving to the bottom when snorkeling - even with flippers.


    One trick to floating easily is to put your head back in the water until it almost comes up to your eyebrows.

  5. This email is going around, but I haven't heard about it anywhere else. Is it true?


    The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!


    This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that

    will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in

    recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.


    The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.


    Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.


    By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty

    convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow

    progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

  6. pfft if we lived in the middle ages we wouldn't be having this discussion, as back then men liked their women plump :D


    I recall that people of Northern European and Arctic heritage tend to put on extra layers of fat for insulation against cold winters. You can really notice it in the faces of Innuit people.


    Thousands of years ago, before central heating, this is a trait which would have been selected for. Also, people with lower metabolisms would have had an advantage because it would help them endure a long winter when little food was available.


    I have that heritage, and I have been obese most of my life. I'm 5'4" and I can maintain 161 by walking 3 or 4 miles a day and keeping calories under 1200.


    Yes - calorie count is what's important. When you try to reduce them, you need to eliminate foods that are high in calories, and low in volume and nutritional content. That means eliminating (or very strictly reducing) both high fat and high sugar or starch foods. Sugars and starch are double trouble because they not only are high in calories, but they stimulate your pancreas to overproduce insulin, which keeps you hungry and craving sweets all the time.


    I lost weight by eating mostly seafood - such as steamed or grilled shrimp, scallops and fish, some chicken, a little pork, and red meat on rare occasions.

    I eat oatmeal for breakfast, low fat cottage cheese, and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. I cut out bread, pasta, white rice, pies, and cakes.


    In August 2002, I weighed 270 pounds, It took me a year to lose 110 pounds by exercising and changing my eating habits. I have kept it off for almost 2 years and do not expect to ever gain it back. I am not on a diet, I changed my lifestyle.


    My body is very good at conserving calories. This would be a major advantage in a time of famine, but it is a major disadvantage in times of plenty. However, it is not a genetic trait that is likely to be eliminated by natural selection, because people generally don't die of heart disease or diabetes before they are old enough to reproduce.

  7. I don't think that Oxford contains those elements.


    You don't?? You can buy a CD ROM for $295.00




    About the Oxford English Dictionary


    The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world.


    The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.


    The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.


    As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'.


    The Second Edition of the OED is currently available as a 20-volume print edition, on CD-ROM, and now also online. Updated quarterly with at least 1000 new and revised entries, OED Online offers unparalleled access to the ‘greatest continuing work of scholarship that this century has produced’ (Newsweek). To find out more about the OED Online, why not follow our free tour?


    ‘About the Oxford English Dictionary’ invites you to explore the intriguing background and distinctive character of the OED. Here, you will find in-depth articles about the history of the OED, an inside look at the programmes used to enlarge and update the OED entries, little-known facts about its content, and much more.

  8. Using an old pan, get some industrial degreaser (the detergent kind, not the solvent kind) put some water in the pan, add the degreaser and bring to boil - stand there and watch it, or you will have soapsuds everywhere. Pour the boiling water down the drain, repeat until it is clear.


    In the future, keep a metal can for grease in the fridge - pour any excess from cooking into it. It will harden into a solid lump - when the can is full and when you're ready to take out the trash, dump it into a grocery bag and discard.

  9. I've read that you shouldn't do the same exercise everyday, because you overwork the same set of muscles. Also, you should alternate on cardio and strengthening exercises. You could alternate with some weight training exercises on the upper body and on the side of the legs. A sports doctor told me that a lot of knee injuries occur because the muscles that support the knee from the front and back are much stronger than the ones that support it from side to side. Get some ankle weights - lay on your right side and lift your right leg as high as you can to strengthen the outer leg muscle - then raise the opposite leg which will strengthen the inside thigh muscle.


    Do at least 2 sets of 10.

  10. Homeostasis

    the ability of an organisms to harness mechanisms for the preservation or maintenance of an almost constant internal state in the face of external perturbations.



    the ability of an organisms to harness mechanisms for the preservation or maintenance of an almost constant functional state in the face of external perturbations.



    So the difference is an "internal" state, vs a "functional" state. :confused:

  11. I`de like to know where they get their explosives from without being traced?

    it`s hardly the sort of thing you can have imported from Afganistan without raising a few eyebrows' date=' and if it`s stolen from the country it`s used in, how come it`s not reported or traced or even looked after better in the 1`st place?

    I find it Very hard to beleive that this stuff is "Home Made", even the precursors are hard to obtain without a check.


    cut off the supply and you stop them dead in their tracks![/quote']


    Probably North Korea.

  12. I'm terrible at this kind of test, but my mom was great.


    When she was 95, she broke her hip and the social workers were trying to decide whether to try to fix it or just send her to a convalescent center to be wheelchair bound the rest of her life.


    To test mom, they brought a tray with 30 items on it - then removed it and asked mom how many she could remember.


    The social worker was absolutely astounded that she remembered all 30 items, and where they were placed on the try. I don't think she had ever seen anyone, regardless of age, who could remember that well.


    Me - I'd be hard-pressed to remember that there was a tray!

  13. This is a guess -


    The epidermis has separated from the dermis and will eventually peel off, that's what give's it the whitish look. After football practice, you were perspiring, but the damaged epidermis wasn't allowing the perspiration through as fast as it would have if it were still attached. However, it was able to seep out gradually and after a few minutes it was gone.


    Did you immediately put your burned hand in cold water? It's amazing how much that helps limit skin damage.

  14. I do it all the time. We have a small pond (700 gal that we made) next to our pool and the frogs come every spring to mate. They know enough not to go to the pool with chlorine and settle in the pond. They scream all night long' date=' then leave eggs everywhere in our pond. I feed them lettuce.


    They look like little black dots when born, then get tails......and so on.

    When they get kind of fat and show little legs, I scoop up as many as I can in a net and bring them to a swamp. They love algae. If I don't, we will have hundreds.


    The ones that are left turn into tiny frogs and always go away into the woods. Look for a shallow swamp and dump them in. Good luck.




    I'm worried about releasing them anywhere stagnant, because the mosquito control people are going nuts spraying pesticides into any standing water because of West Nile. I'm really afraid they are going to kill the majority of the amphibians around here.

  15. What type of frogs are they? I'm guessing you are talking about a more terrestrial type of true frog like a green, pig or bullfrog. At any rate my advice would be to release them into a pond not deliberately stocked with an abundance of fish such as bass. Some may get eaten no matter what, but my advice would be to find a shallow swamp or stagnant pond and put them in there. As an aside, your grandson sounds like a very good kid going through the trouble doing this.


    There were too kinds of tadpoles, the smaller ones are turning into the green leopard frog. http://images.google.com/images?biw=&q=leopard+frog&hl=en


    I don't know what the real large ones will be - they are just developing their legs. I suspect that they might be spade-footed toads. http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=lang_en%7Clang_de&biw=852&q=spadefoot+toad because they are the most common amphibian we have.


    I had read that frogs are becoming scarce, and that many have been born deformed. I suspect that this may be because the mosquito control people poison the water to get rid of mosquito larva.


    I was going to suggest to them and to the school superintendent that it would be a neat project for the kids to raise tadpoles for release to increase the frog population. Since they eat mosquito larva, it would be a natural way of control. Before I said anything to anyone about it, I wanted to see how easy they would be to raise.

  16. Has anyone ever done this? My grandson found a bunch of them in a ditch that was rapidly drying up. We put them in a big plastic container with an aerator in it, and have been watching them develop. We've been feeding them cooked lettuce and fish food, and we put some objects in the tank barely above the water line so the little frogs would have something to hop up on. This morning, two little green frogs were perched on a limb and there are more about to make the final transition.


    No, the question is - where can I release them that they will have the best chance to survive. There is a small pond nearby, but it is stocked with bass.

    I hate to think that after we went to all the trouble to raise them that they will become dinner for a bass.

  17. I had an aunt who loved to read and had a wonderful vocabulary. When someone really annoyed her, she referred to their actions as "reprehensible".


    My vocabulary improved significantly just because I visited her and talked with her a lot.


    Go to Merriam Webster Online http://www.m-w.com/ . In addition to a dictionary, there is a thesaurus. There is also a section on word games you might find enlightening.

  18. I don't know much about welding. Are you using welding rod? I think the two metals you are welding together have to be the same. Hopefully, someone here knows more. I'm not at home right now - if you don't find answers I have books at the shop and can probably look some info up for you.

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