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New Pics

Many have bugged me to update the photos (now) to the right. Beatrice is still complaining, but until she comes up with something, this is what it is.

While looking for stuff, I used iPhoto's facial recognition, and one of the ones it came up with was an old one from a trip to Hawaii in 2005.

Kauai - rnikoley2

Wow, what a no-neck, carb-face whale I was.

The new face was cropped from this photo of Beatrice and I on the cruise last week.

P6290050

P.S. The design shifted to this new column arrangement as I gear up with the developers for the near-term move to WordPress.

Comments

  1. Lute Nikoley says:

    Wow, what a change. really looking good. My goal now is that I want my chest to stick out farther than my belly, but even with the loss that hasn't happened yet. Except when I suck it in, and that only happens during picture taking.

  2. Lute Nikoley says:

    You too Bea.

  3. Kathleen Conway says:

    Wow, Richard! Is that really you?! Bea, you and Richard are a great looking couple!

  4. Bea looks awesome, too. Love those tans. :)

  5. That was indeed a real carb face…..Looking good now. A wee bit older, but it suits you

  6. Really me, all 230 pounds or so.

  7. It's probably that the few skin creases were just puffed out with fat and water retention. :)

  8. I'm sure she'll be glad to know. She has been getting better and better on the diet aspect.

  9. Great second pic. The first one is scary, so north american as we would say here in Europe :)
    The blog column on the Left is the Perfet solution for any serious blog ! this is an Excellent evolution. when i need more details I can easily scan the right side slim columns! Bravo !
    I have one general question: when training heavy twice a week and IF two days later is my body eating my muscles protein or is it using fat stores? No good answer anywhere on th web. I think you're the only one that would understand the question !)
    Keep up the great job !

  10. "I have one general question: when training heavy twice a week and IF two days later is my body eating my muscles protein or is it using fat stores? No good answer anywhere on th web. I think you're the only one that would understand the question !).Keep up the great job !"

    You're probably eating some lean tissue, but this is normal physiology. You want to, actually, as it's part of the whole cycle of consuming the old and rebuilding with new. Here's something to consider: autophagy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autophagy_(cellular)

    http://www.arthurdevany.com/?p=674

    But, when you are eating well, i.e., no carb-sugar laden junk, then glycogen is low, and you body becomes accustomed to fat burning. The brief intense workouts keep your body on alert for rebuilding and maintaining that lean tissue (because you use it — signaling genes, essentially, to spare it). There's some dispute about GH, but I think that if there is a very important role for it, it's not so much in building lean tissue as in preserving it, i.e., making your body go for the fat instead, and eating right ensures that your body is very efficient at moving from carb burning to fat burning.

    Three things promote GH release:

    1. Intense exercise (resistance, sprinting, etc.)

    2. Sleep

    3. Fasting

    So, the very act of not eating intermittently or acutely, seems to preserve the lean tissue, at least it has for me. The difference for me is that I tend to fast on my workout days, such as today. I had dinner last night, then some nuts around 9:30 or so. I won't eat until dinner, today (around 7-8 pm), and I have a workout at 2 pm.

    You might check out Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon. It's a good book with lots of science regarding preservation of lean tissue in conjunction with a fast.