Talking about weight loss, the first step to take is to obtain a suitable, working and organic eating plan designed by an highly experienced diet and nutrition expert. The dietician must see to it that the overweight patient is well tested before any program could be provided. The diet plan created by the diet and nutrition expert should be organic and include all the essential nutriments required by the body in their right proportions. Another very important step to take is to take lots of water. It is one of the losing weight tips your doctor would recommend.
After consulting an expert concerning your weight loss strategy, Here are tips that will be provided by your dietician to help maintain and retain your weight loss. Drinking lots of water will be highly recommended. The reason being that water is a superb flusher of fecal matter and toxic waste from the body. It reinforces your metabolic rate. Drinking lots of water everyday also helps you to get rid of excess stored water in your body.
I’m so sure that if you had the time to consult a physician on your weight problem, one very crucial thing which can not be omitted is that you would be told to get rid of junk foods. Though , this appears as a common sense knowledge to everybody especially those who want to lose their weight, still; it needs to be mentioned since most overweight people have enormous cravings for junk foods which tend to make them add more weight and unhealthy.
Eat several portions of small meals throughout the day not exceeding six small portions of meals. The small meals must contain only healthy and nutritional sources of carbohydrate, fats and oils, mineral salts and proteins especially. For other nutriments, make sure your water is clean and safe to drink, all vitamins must be present especially vitamin D which is needed by most adults. Ensure that your roughages such as the fruits and vegetables are farm fresh. Make sure your nuts are raw. You get the best out of them when they are in these states. Eat according to the Glycemic Index, eating meals within the range of low and medium index foods.
Another helpful tip is to take a good record of what you eat in a day and also weigh yourself at least two times during day and one more time before going to bed. Doing this lets you realize how much weight you are losing and how fast you are losing them.
As part of your losing weight tips, you have to start learning how to take dinner early. If your supper time usually falls between 8pm and 9pm, Kindly reschedule your evening meals between 6pm and 7pm maximum, so that by 10pm you are good to sleep. I’m so certain that you don’t want those small portions of calories to lie fallow in your stomach and turn into the giants that overload you with those “nice” pounds.
In case you feel hungry before going to bed, just take lots of water or fruits. Fruits get digested immediately, so there’s no harm in taking them. Remember they are great sources of fibre full of health benefits. Fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts can be taken between meals so as not to eat so much during dinner. Regular snacking on fruits and vegetales as well as raw nuts will help to keep the hunger pangs away.
Eating slowly should be imbibed as a culture to most overweight people. Eat slowly and consciously, it makes you to be relaxed and savour the taste of what you are eating. Eating slowly also helps you to properly masticate your food before swallowing them and makes you to be filled up without having to eat so much. This further helps in yougr digestion without burdening the digestive system with overloads.
Occsssional snacking is allowed as long as they are done in moderation and burnt off. Don’t binge so hard on pizza, ham burgers, sausages, meat-pies, and the likes. Remember, they are not friendly with your body type. You can substitute them with fruits like apples, pineapples, irish grapes, srawberries, mangoes e.t.c.
Having an active lifestyle is one of the losing weght tips that work successfully. Avoid sitting down for long hours in front of the t.v set or engaging in any other sedentary activities. Those with active lifestyles would not experience any form of of problem in this area. You can start an active lifestyle by doing household chores like mopping the floor, doing the laundry instead of using the washing machine, take your dog on a walk within your neighourhood with your group of friends taking their dogs on a walk as well, enjoy swimming with family or friends, amongst others. If you live an active lifestyle, you don’t really need any exercise because you are already engaging it without realising it. One more thing, Keep friends with active lifestyles to ensure that you are active.
Avoid late night movies so as not to find yourself eating after dinner. Also, going to bed early will help you get the required rest your body needs after along, long day. Don’t deprive your body of the amount of rest it needs. When you go to bed early, you would not find yourself craving for food. I believe you don’t want to find your self remaining in the same shape at the end of your weight loss program. Always have a bottle of water by your bedside to drink in case you wake up in the middle of the night this would prevent you from prying into the kitchen or refrigerator. Also, during this time, your system needs water and not food.
These losing weight tips that i have thoroughly carved out for you will utmostly help you to shed weight and retain the frame if you truly follow them.
Mostly, when I work out the perfect reply to some egregious comment it’s about two years too late. Here is one that wasn’t.
A letter to the editor from one Justin advocated a return to the Christian Values this country was founded on. I replied, in time to be published, along the following lines.
Leg-irons? Floggings, public hangings, the depredations of the Rum Corp? These are Christian Values? Or could it be that your correspondent belongs to one of those weird American churches trying to re-write the history of the United States and is not aware that Australia is a different country?
That last bit is not as daft as it appears. There seems to be a sizeable contingent who insist that what is true for the United States is also true of Australia, at least in so far as Christianity is concerned. Lesley keeps getting emails about that kind of thing. One such asserted that we were a Christian country and that’s why we have “In God We Trust” on our money.
Close inspection of my wallet shows the denomination in very large type, the word “Australia” big enough to cross the height of the note, the name of the person whose portrait appears on the note in small type and, so small I needed a magnifying glass, signatures of the issuers of the note and the assertion that this was legal tender in Australia and territories. Nothing about God.
Australia was founded by the dregs of society under the control of the dregs of the military. In principle they were all Christians and if wanton brutality and legally enforced cruelty is your idea of Christianity then, yes, Australia was founded on Christian values.
I nearly invented structured programming. I also nearly invented literate programming. I failed at both of these, not because other people got there first, but because I didn’t know what I was doing.
When I started programming, the programs were presented as a deck of punched cards and the listings a single sheet, however long as necessary, of fanfold paper. I had formed the superstition that if I drew lines down the side indicating changes in the flow of control and the lines crossed, I had done something wrong. If I could shuffle the cards so that the lines didn’t cross, usually all was well, but if I couldn’t I was always able to find a mistake which, when corrected, meant the lines weren’t crossed.
(Shuffling the cards was fraught with peril. I don’t mean literal shuffling, just moving a block of cards from one place in the deck to another. The catch was that it was easy if the cards didn’t have sequence numbers, but then if you dropped the deck there was no easy way to get them back in order. On the other hand, if they did have sequence numbers putting a dropped deck back into order was easy, just run them through the mechanical sorter, but then they went back into the original order and you had lost the shuffling. Punched cards were a damn stupid medium for recording programs, but when it’s all you have you don’t notice.)
So there I was with my listings spread out over the floor and drawing pencil lines down the edges, knowing that it worked, but not knowing why. Then Dijkstra’s letter “Go To Statement Considered Harmful” (Communications of the ACM 11 (3): 147‚Äì148) and the subsequent flowering of structured programming suggested a reason: the no-crossed-lines rule was equivalent to restricting my code to a subset of possible structures which had the one-entry, one-exit property. (In fact I was wrong, but didn’t realise it at the time.)
I switched from my superstition to real structured programming. I was writing in Fortran, so I had to construct the official control structures using go-tos, but I was very good and hardly ever cheated. I evaluated cohesion and coupling and fretted about tramp variables, but when the alternative is COMMON, I just put up with them. (I used to say, “An old-timer is someone who remembers when EQUIVALENCE re-ordered COMMON.” Now an old-timer is anyone who has the foggiest idea what I’m talking about.)
I recently had reason to go into a motor registry, twice.
I had tried to do the jobs on line through myRTA, but eventually they defeated me. The biggest problem, in both cases, was proving I was who I said I was, so into the registry I went in person.
I was rather impressed. The SmartQueue worked well and I didn’t have to wait very long, the staff at the counters were cheerful and helpful and my tasks took only a few minutes. Everything worked beautifully and I felt a brief glow of pride that I had played a tiny part in making things work that way.
One of the great things about being an engineer (even a software engineer) is seeing what you have built actually in use and helping people.
I’ve had my share of failures, things that never got off the ground, sometimes justifiably, sometimes not, things that made it through to prototype and worked beautifully, but weren’t what my corporate masters wanted, and a few that went out into the real world.
The first of these was a single-board computer built of medium-scale integrated circuits. (The most elaborate IC was a four-bit arithmetic unit; it had five of them.) This computer controlled a queueing telephone exchange (as used at what are now called call-centres) that was designed and built here in Australia. When I left Ericcson, four of these had been delivered and something like fifteen were on order. Fifteen years later I read that several hundred were in use around the world and still used my computer. (The article gave me the impression they were still manufacturing them, but I really doubt that; I think they would have trouble getting the parts.) So I built something that lasted fifteen years at least. Big glow of pride there.
Telectronics designed and manufactured cardiac pacemakers. These are gadgets implanted into people to make their hearts run properly. They need to be set and adjusted for each patient and they keep records of what they are doing to help the cardiologists work out what to do next. My task was to provide the device that enabled them to do this. I don’t know how many were made, but they would have been in use as long as the batteries lasted in the implants. That would have been ten or fifteen years after we stopped manufacturing them.
Toshiba makes printers and I can’t lay claim to a whole printer, but I can lay claim, in their PostScript printers, to the colour and image processing components. They were certainly used in real products sold to real people while I was there and presumably for some years after. People won’t know of me or of my work; they will just expect their printer to work. But I know that without me they wouldn’t work as well, or maybe even, wouldn’t have a Toshiba printer, and in that I take pride.
The clinical trial started yesterday.
Up at some ghastly hour of the day, or rather, still night. They suggested I have breakfast before 6:00, but I couldn’t manage it, so no breakfast.
I ask the bus driver for a $4.50 ticket and offer him a two dollar coin, two one dollars and a fifty cent piece. He stares at them totally baffled. (Perhaps nobody had offered him exact money before, and he didn’t know how to make change.) Eventually he accepts it and we are off.
Even at 7:30 people are gathering in the Cancer Day-care Clinic. I say I’m here for the clinical trial and wonder how many of these people are part of the trial as well. Jo and Rebecca turn up straight away. It seems I am the only one; it’s too much like hard work starting more than one a day. And hard work it is. Weight, height, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen level, cannula in the vein at the elbow, draw six lots of blood, physical examination by a doctor, he grudgingly admits I am alive. Now the big moment. Three of these biege tablets and one pink capsule, carefully timed at 8:15. I’m not allowed to eat until 10:15. That’s one of the rules; I’m not allowed to eat within two hours either before or after taking the medicine.
Then nothing happens.
10:15 Jo and Rebecca come back, take more blood samples, one lot to throw away, one lot to ship off to Singapore.
11:00 I feel rather peckish and treat myself to a tandoori chicken and lettuce sandwich (rather tasteless) and custard tart (really great) from the coffee kiosk down the corridor. 12:15 and another two lots of blood and offer of some sandwiches. I turn them down, which within half an hour I regret.
14:15, they’re back again, this time with a doctor to find out if I’m still alive while they take the blood. I remark that once I played the role of a seventeenth century physician who had a down on venesection. I look down at the two filled syringes and say, “Interesting it’s still in use today.” Jo says this is nearly the last lot of venesection today.
By this time I’ve finished my book and am bored out of my tree. I have a rule, never undertake any medical procedure without a good book. I even take a book with me into the operating theatre. This sometimes surprises the anaesthetist, but the surgeon is quite used to it. This time I didn’t have a big enough book. But I’m starting to get the impression of a side effect that I didn’t expect and which isn’t mentioned in the trial description.
16:15 and the last of the blood-letting. By this time the cannula has had it and they have to use a butterfly needle and poke around in different places trying to find some blood. Eventually they succeed and I’m off home, with strict instructions to finish dinner before 18:15 and take my next dose (only the beige tablets) at exactly 20:15.
Up again this morning in the dark. This time I am allowed to eat before 6:15, so I have breakfast at the kitchen bench, scoffing it down to the disgust of the cats who can’t see why a mere human would be fed before them.
This morning I catch the bus earlier. I don’t know if this is the one I aimed for ten minutes early, or the previous one twenty minutes late. At the hospital early, but Jo and Rebecca are there ready for me. The whole blood pressure, temperature and so on routine and another butterfly needle for more blood. I’m surprised they could find any, but they did have to hunt for it.
And I tell them of the side effect. I’ve had pain in my leg since the operation last January. Not bad pain, just annoying. I can mostly put up with it during the day, if I get up and walk for a while it goes away. Yesterday I didn’t do much walking and found little need to do so. The problem was at nights. The pain would wake me up three or four times a night, I would take pain-killers and that would ease it for a little while. But that hadn’t happened last night. So the unexpected side effect is that it relieves nerve pain in the leg. And a very welcome side effect it is.
In `The Magic of Reality’ (P.20) Richard Dawkins describes the magic of J. K. Rowling as supernatural. I disagree.
One of the characteristic differences between science and pseudo-science is that real science has entry-level exercises by which children can access and manipulate the subject of that science. The school-girl raising a weight with a pulley system is manipulating forces and energy just as surely as the operators of the LHC. There is an unbroken line from the pulleys to the LHC. These exercises are reliable and repeatable and when they don’t work it is possible to identify and correct mistakes. For pseudo-science, there is no such entry level. The tools and techniques needed to detect telepathy are well within the capabilities of children, but they don’t work. There is no “Follow this procedure and you will observe telepathy and measure some of its properties”. But there is “Follow this procedure and you will observe hydrogen and measure some of its properties” in childrens’ chemistry class.
The major premise in Rowling’s books is that magic has just such an entry level. For the most part, the spells described are, in and of themselves, as pointless as the exercises in a high school physics or chemistry lab, but they are just as reliable and repeatable. This says to me, natural, not supernatural.
Admittedly, magic isn’t accessible to all, only to certain gifted individuals, but even there it looks natural. The gift runs in families, so we can expect a strong genetic component. Occasionally within gifted families there is one who is not gifted, suggesting that the gifted are not genetically homogeneous. Occasionally (Hermione and Harry’s mother, for example) a gifted person arises outside the families, suggesting that the genes are present in the general population, but rare and recessive. This says to me, natural, not supernatural.
There is a reliable and repeatable interaction between magic and electricity. Subtle uses of electricity fail in the presence of magic. Crude uses, such as the lighting in the Hogwarts Express, work in the presence of general school-child level of magic, but fail when the Dementors turn up. This suggests to me that there is a direct and measurable physical effect which occurs when magic is applied. This says to me, natural, not supernatural.
In later years at high school, Muggle children are taught that there are limits to what can and can not be done with energy; I’m thinking specifically of the laws of thermodynamics. At about the same age wizarding children are taught laws about what can and can not be done by magic. This says to me, natural, not supernatural.
In short, the magic of J. K. Rowling is fictional, but it is not supernatural and I think the distinction is worth preserving. ˇ
Woo Hoo! I’m in.
I start tomorrow morning with Phase I. In this bit they try to determine how much of the drug we can tolerate. It’s actually a combination of two drugs, one of which has had quite a bit of clinical use, the other not so much. But they emphasise that this is the first time the combination has been tried on human beings.
(Nice of them to think of me as a human being, after all those years of being a resource in industry.)
Next phase (imaginatively named Phase II) where they find out if it does anything useful. It should. One drug inhibits a particular gene involved in cell growth (when that gene has a particular mutation, which I have, lucky me) and the other the gene for the next step in the metabolic pathway. Taken together they should give it a one-two punch. Let’s hope so.
I retired yesterday.
Today I am a free man and begin this blog.
What am I going to write about?
I was trained as a physicist, PhD and all that, but even as an undergraduate I started slipping over to the Dark Side. I kept on calling myself a physicist until it was obvious to everyone, even me, that I wasn’t; I was a software engineer. It’s probably for the best, I would have been, at best, a competent scientist, but as a software engineer I am a good one. So I will be writing a lot about software engineering.
When I was a boy computers were made with valves and there were, what, a dozen in the whole world. They were made one at a time, all different, with names like ENIAC and MANIAC. When I started using them they were made with transistors and on production lines by the dozens, with numbers like IBM 7090 and CDC 3200. I’ve lived with computers ever since so I’ll be writing a lot about them.
(You young people these days don’t know what it were like. Why, when I were your age . . .)
Later today I will go for an interview to try to get onto a clinical trial. I’ve been battling cancer for the last nine years and I am hoping that this time something can be done.
“Battling”, it’s always “battling” isn’t it? Can’t they find another word? Can’t they afford a thesaurus? It never seems like a battle to me. Most of the time it’s boring and when it’s not I’m totally unconscious with someone there to make sure I stay that way until they finish whatever they are doing. So I’ll be writing a bit about boring medical stuff.
Over the last few years I have been developing Vimes, a type checker for the Z notation. I want to add a theorem prover to check those conjecture paragraphs, so you’ll get Z and automatic theorem proving.
I can finally get down to learning to read Egyptian Hieroglyphic. I have a copy of Gardener’s Egyptian Grammar (actually, it’s Lesley’s) and of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit in Hieroglyphic and I’ve been using the former to help me decode the latter. Never got more than three pages in. Gardener is great as a reference, but not much use to a learner. I now have a real textbook so perhaps I can make real progress. So when I write about desert hare (shet, phon. wn), imagine him white and wearing a little blue coat.
I once held a Private Pilot’s Licence so you might get something about flying.
Best thing I ever did was marry Lesley. I might mention her from time to time, but I won’t be writing about her, that is private. Of course I’ll boast and brag about our daughters and granddaughter, but I’ll try to keep that to a minimum.
Over the years I have interacted with creationists and similar reality deniers. Perhaps I’ll write here what I should have said back then. (Coming up with the perfect cutting remark, three years too late.)
A few years ago I was rabbiting on about something or other and the chap I was talking to said, “You have lived an interesting life”. Nah, no way, dead ordinary. Then I thought about it; I do have some stories to tell. I think most people do. These are mine. ˇ
Do you have problems with your software?
What kind of software? Embedded, real-time, safety-critical …
Development has stalled.
- Lots of valiant effort, but still no release. Every bug you fix exposes two more; every new feature breaks two old ones.
- It’s far too slow. It works perfectly for toy examples, but bogs down in the real world.
You can’t even make a start.
- You have endless discussion, continual requests for change and nothing ever happens.
- You have no one who understands the mathematics of the problem.
- It has to work. If it fails people will be hurt, you will be sued, the financial loss will be incalculable. Regulatory authorities demand due diligence.
The people who wrote it are gone.
- You need to know whether to persist with it, rejuvenate it, re-engineer it. Or simply discard it altogether.
- A bug has turned up after all these years.
- It needs to be ported to a modern language and/or modern hardware.
Software? What software? Your product has never needed software before. Now it does and you don’t know where to start.
Vital Mission Software was a company owned and operated by Keith Harwood for the sole purpose of getting him a living. He started in Software Engineering long before it was called Software Engineering and in nearly fifty years of experience has performed nearly every possible role in research and development environments. The company has now ceased trading, but Keith is available for occasional small jobs, a week or a month at most.
He has designed hardware and software (granted patents in both), led development teams, managed a three year research program, tested, debugged and documented other peoples’ software, captured requirements, written specifications and generally become an old fart in the best traditions of software engineering.
Vimes is a type checker for Z specifications. Z is a standard (ISO-13568) language for writing formal specifications of systems, principally, but not necessarily, software systems.