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  • One downside of losing weight

    Posted on September 19th, 2009 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I was trying on my suit and other dress clothes tonight for my upcoming Asia trip, and everything is too big now!  I may have recently complained about being stuck in a diet rut, but it was nice to see some really tangible results tonight, even if I have to drop a few hundred dollars on new stuff.

  • Diet rut

    Posted on September 7th, 2009 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Last fall I started dieting, with the hopes of losing about 35 pounds in total. The first twenty came off easily, but the last 15 are proving to be very difficult.

    Not so much because WeightWatchers doesn’t work, but because it’s becoming so hard to stay on track week after week. If you go out to eat twice a week (and don’t order carefully), there goes any wight loss for the week. This last week I totally fell off the wagon,and two weeks worth of dieting were lost. This on/off problem has kept me at roughly the same weight for months.

    I also wonder, if and when I reach my goal weight, how on earth I’m going to keep it off. I certainly can’t go back to eating what I want. I’m either going to have to continue watching what I eat, start going to the gym a lot more often, or something in-between. I wish I had the metabolism of those skinny people who seem to be able to eat whatever they’d like.

  • One month to go

    Posted on September 7th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    Exactly one month from now, I’ll be in Japan, which kicks off my nearly three week trip to Asia. I just got my visa for China, and the rest of my documents are in order. Haven’t figured out what camera to bring just yet, but I’m hoping it’s the Panasonic GF1. As with past trips, I’ll be posting photos while I’m on the road, so keep an eye out for that!

    More details on the trip as I get closer to leaving!

  • Too close for comfort

    Posted on August 11th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    This small fire is burning less than 2 miles away from my house. The planes are already attacking it, and the weather doesn’t seem to be a problem, so hopefully it’ll be out soon. Still, it’s a reminder of the area in which I live!

  • Finally, a plan of action

    Posted on August 8th, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    After numerous doctor visits, several x-rays, an MRI, and way too many tubes of blood drawn, I finally have a diagnosis and plan of action regarding my foot. While we can’t say for sure, it sounds like I injured my foot when it slipped out from under me and I fell on my butt (last winter).  I have tendonitis on both the inside and outside of the foot, as well as in the heel.

    The plan: rest and elevation of the foot (easier said than done, given my job),  wearing a support stocking (oh boy), and physical therapy (starts Tuesday).  I sure hope this helps, because I’m tired of the swelling, numbness, and lack of flexibility in my foot!

  • Bah

    Posted on August 3rd, 2009 Jeff Keller 4 comments

    I come back from a weekend trip to Southern California (for business and pleasure) to find my 1.5 month old, $650 bicycle stolen out of my garage (which is for storage, not cars).  You can’t see into the garage driving by, so someone had to know the bike was in there, walk up the driveway, and take it. I filed a police report and contacted the neighbors, but I’m not counting on ever seeing that bike again.

    On top of that, one of the tires on my car had a nail in it, and air was leaking. Thankfully it was only $30 to fix that problem.

    Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

  • TV versus reality

    Posted on July 28th, 2009 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    We all know that food advertised on TV rarely looks the same in reality. Believe it or not, the same is true for cat food, as I learned this week.  I decided to try a can or two of the “luxury” Fancy Feast wet food (well, I didn’t try it, the cats did). Here’s the comparison:

    Here’s the official photo of Fancy Feast Yellowfin Tuna Tuscany In A Savory Sauce With Long Grain Rice And Garden Greens (!)

    From the ads

    From the ads

    Here’s the actual stuff I put in their bowls this morning:

    Actual food

    Actual food

    Maybe if I served it in a while bowl with a little garnish it would look more appealing?

  • 8 vials of blood

    Posted on July 21st, 2009 Jeff Keller No comments

    So a week ago I saw the rheumatologist about my foot.  He asked me a million questions, inspected my foot, and told me that he didn’t think there was anything in his area of work that I had (no lupus – great!).  Here’s what was weird… he showed me the MRI report and it said that I do have tendonitis in my foot and ankle plus some mild bursitis in the heel. Why the podiatry resident last week said that it was normal was beyond me.

    Seeing how there’s no specific cause of this injury, the rheumatologist set me up for blood work. A lot of it.  They took eight vials of blood out of my arm!  The test results are all in and, at least in my opinion, don’t tell me anything that we didn’t already know.  The only things that came back positive were two tests for inflammation and another for muscle injury.

    So, still no real news. I’m thinking of going to the UCSF Foot and Ankle Clinic to get some better answers than I’m getting at Kaiser.