Posts Tagged ‘health’

The Weight

June 17th, 2019

I've been on a long lifestyle change regime. It probably started about 15 years ago. At that time I was still smoking but also taking supplements like vitamins and anti-oxidants. It dawned on me one day that the cigarettes and anti-oxidants were in direct conflict with each other. They both need to be bought with money so I opted to quit smoking and keep taking the vitamins and anti-oxidants. Kudos to me, right?

Well of course it was a sensible health driven decision. However quitting smoking for many has one bad side effect-you eat more! That was true for me and I bulked up over an already bulky physique. So not long after I decided to go walking as often as possible in the early AM. Good idea-every little bit counts. I also was getting into photography around this time so I brought the camera with me. Kill 2 birds with one stone, right? Get some needed healthy exercise and use the time to take some photos as well.

This was my norm for a couple of years. I noticed some gradual slight weight loss but many friends didn't so much. I thought about this and realized that it was best to use the time for more brisk walking, uninterrupted by looking for and taking photos. While this decreased my photo taking it certainly enhanced the benefit of the walking to me and my enhanced focus on taking better care of my body.

So let's update to present times. I've lost a little over 100 lbs and around 9" off of my waistline. I was just at a wedding (wife's family) and many that hadn't seen me in a few years were all surprised and very encouraging about my obvious weight loss. So you might be asking yourself why am I writing this? Is this just another narcissistic, self congratulatory social media post? Maybe but I hope to encourage anyone reading this that has a challenge that you can make progress and probably be successful if you are patient and practical. Many will offer that the weight didn't go on over night so it won't come off over night either. Yes, everyone prefers speed loss over slow and steady but slow and steady is the healthier sustainable choice in terms of limiting stress to your body but still achieving good results.

The net result is I'll still continue to walk for an hour and 1/2, 4 or 5 times a week at 4 something o'clock each morning. I'll also continue to eat sensibly-which to me means less carbs but not no carbs. Definitely less processed sugar-and less food simply because my appetite has decreased. Let me know how your lifestyle goals are going and I'll send you some love and encouragement!

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New Day, New Idea

May 12th, 2016

A photo posted by Mark Forman (@bbluesmantw) on

So here it is... Originally I was getting ready to launch my Indiegogo campaign for lightweight/stretch comfort belts. I haven't nixed that but have placed it on hold. The reason is I researched another application of my silicone foam material that I feel offers more immediate and even greater benefits than comfort to wearer-better skin and environmental protection! What you say? Whenever I do product research I tend to hold on to little bits and pieces of material which I'll often play around with; sometimes brainstorming while I'm looking and touching. It was during this process,I had just returned from my morning exercise routine so my face and skin were moist from perspiration and I got an idea to pick up a strip of my textured silicone tape and rub it across my face on a spot that clearly had some gunk build up-gunk is more correctly dead skin cells and oil. I rubbed it back and forth a few times until I felt some mild warmth and checked-voila! The spot I treated was very smooth and clean.

This prompted me to do some research-there are a number of products in the skin care marketplace that use silicone molded products for skin exfoliation/scrubbing. OK so I'm not crazy... I already knew that silicon is hypoallergenic, latex-free(many people have latex allergies) and petroleum-free(no petrochemical content in silicone unlike all thermoplastics) so Win, Win, Win! It is safe for skin, and comfortable on skin. Our material is even more supple and stretchy than regular silicone so even more comfortable and safer to use on skin.  I will have pictures available very soon and give details about the Indiegogo campaign. Hope you can all help share and support as you are able. Will offer some special incentives to web friends too! O.o

PS: I quit smoking over 10 years ago(unlike my photo's subject). Smoking is bad for the skin-it dries it out and virtually ages it-think of jerky... Ouch!

大家好。本來我有準備要做一個皮帶募資網站的方案。我現在暫停了。我另外準備推廣一個環保t皮膚保養器材。材質是我們矽膠發泡做的 對皮膚很溫柔又無過敏也無任何石油成份。


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