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Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201711

Personal Update 201711 | 30 November 2017 | Thursday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Health & Wellness

 

This past month I lifted over 241,000 pounds and was on my bike for 13.4 hours riding about 95 miles. I’ve been eating mostly salads for each meal with lime juice in sparkling water as a beverage. For protein I have been eating veggie patties. The food is very satisfying and the absence of carbs and sugar reduces cravings throughout the day. In addition to this food program, I’m doing intermittent fasting (periodically skipping a meal) to help keep the body in a state of ketosis. I’m also trying to maintain a 1,500 calorie diet. The results have been great!

Heat Your Home for Free

Each month I try to do a ‘deep dive’ into a certain topic or skill. Learning enough to create long-term beneficial habits and establish skills I can use. This past month, I developed a heating system that costs nothing to operate. Here’s a video explaining the system. Even if you think you may not be interested in the topic, believe me, I think you’ll like what I have to share in this video. It gets better toward the end.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Heat Your Home for Free (DIY Video)

In this video, I talk about a smart high efficiency DIY home heating solution that can help reduce or eliminate your heating bill. This heater is Internet connected, remotely accessible, and uses very little power – resulting in reduced heating expenses.

Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201710

Personal Update 201710 | 31 October 2017 | Tuesday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Health & Wellness

This past month I’ve transitioned my body into a state of keto-adaption by significantly reducing my carbohydrate intake and caloric intake. I’m combining a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting, and my exercise program of yoga, walking, biking, elliptical, and lifting 10,000 pounds per day. It all sounds intensive, but it’s really not bad — for reasons I’ll explain.

Our bodies normally run on carbs and sugar. Because carbs and sugar make us very hungry, we normally have an excess of these entering our system and the excess is stored as fat. Over time, this results in obesity. Lethargy is a side effect of eating high quantities of carbs and sugar. That lack of energy usually results in eating more food to get more energy. It’s a vicious cycle. Because carbs and sugar are considered to be more addictive than cocaine or heroine, they are very hard to give up. The high sugar concentrations in our body result in insulin resistance. This results in high insulin levels in the body, which in turn results in rapid fat storage and weight gain. Eventually this leads to diabetes, and numerous other illnesses. The medications prescribed for these illnesses, such as insulin, increase body fat and cause weight gain. A ketogenic diet can reverse all these issues.

Once a person breaks free from the addiction to carbs and sugar, severe hunger and cravings practically disappear. An incredible amount of strength and energy are generated while in ketosis — which is a very efficient high energy fueling process for the body. Because of the high energy level, one tends to eat less and move around more.

Intermittent fasting is usually done in the morning on an empty stomach, making the morning hours an idea time for drinking cleansing teas and apple cider vinegar. They have greater effectiveness on an empty stomach. By waiting until noon before eating the first meal of the day, the body is placed in a period of fasting from after dinner the night before, until noon. Depending on when you ate dinner, this could be an 18 hour period of daily fasting (which includes your time spent sleeping). That leaves a 6 hour window for eating food which is plenty of time to enjoy a nice lunch and dinner.

It’s common to have a rising blood sugar level in the morning when the body is releasing glucose in an effort to wake us up. However, high glucose levels at night, as the result of high carbs and sugar in the diet, can result in very poor and restless sleep. A ketogenic diet keeps blood sugar levels low. The low-carb diet results in sustained energy, but also can result in very deep high-quality sleep at night. This better quality sleep results in a higher metabolism and fat burning at night, and more energy during the day, making food less necessary.

I’ve lost about 20 pounds and am at my lowest weight in over 4 years. I’m experiencing the benefits of having low glucose levels as well as blood pressure and pulse at optimal levels. It’s really been a transformative experience.

For further details, read “7 Powerful Wellness Videos on Weight Loss and Insulin Resistance” where I share further information about the program and some of the videos that inspired it.

 

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201709

Personal Update 201709 | 30 September 2017 | Saturday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Health & Wellness

The big wellness news this month is that I’ve started another 120-day wellness challenge. This time I’m developing a 1,500 calorie-per-day diet with mostly low-carb foods and little or no sugar. The early results are quite good. I’ll have some clinical data for you in a few months. For further details, read “7 Powerful Wellness Videos on Weight Loss and Insulin Resistance” where I share further information about the program and some of the videos that inspired it.

Videos

If you’re interested in seeing some of the videos I’m producing, you can visit YouTube.com/resourcesforlife/videos to see the latest uploads. You’ll find videos on technology, bicycle riding, woodworking, and other topics. One of my favorites was a humorous old-style “jingle” advertisement for Iowa City Computer Support.

Personal Video Update for September 2017

Below is a video message I recorded for a more personalized update.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201708

Personal Update 201708 | 31 August 2017 | Thursday

Greetings,

I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Bike • Work • Life

In the same way I helped launch and grow the small house movement, I’d like to provide support and resources to a movement of people working from bicycle throughout the day. To this end, I’ve launched three new websites BikeWorkLife.com, IowaCityBikeTrails.com and BikeIowaCity.com.

So far this year I’ve traveled 930 miles on 447 bike rides. Since May 16, I’ve spent 109 hours on my bicycle, taking phone calls, providing tech support, dictating emails, and creating instructional videos. I’ve commuted by bicycle most of my life, but working from my bicycle all day long, riding from one meeting to another, and spending more time on trails rather than a desk is a new experience for me. As time goes on, I’m learning and refining my approach.

Thank you to everyone who has helped in the initial launch of this initiative. I look forward to providing more progress reports in the future.

Wellness

Last year I created a strength training tracking system using the Apple iOS Numbers spreadsheet app on my iPhone that allows for easy entry of weight lifting exercise data. This helps record my workouts, track progress, and plan accordingly.

This year I’ve lifted 442 tons (884,580 pounds), and this past month, I’ve lifted over 140,000 pounds. At present, I lift just over 8,000 pounds during my regular daily workout. So, that’s the same as 800 pounds ten times or 80 pounds 100 times. Ideally a person finds the right ratio of weight and repetitions to achieve the highest comfortable total lifted for a workout.

As I build more muscle mass, I’m hoping that it will help boost my metabolism throughout the day and make me more resistant to injury. I had a chance to try out this theory on August 6 following a bicycle accident, which I’m happy to say I quickly recovered from.

Woodworking

I’ve added a woodworking page to my personal site where I hope to post videos about various woodworking projects, beginning with my very first (and very rough) project which is a charity box.

I’m excited about woodworking because it offers similar versatility of 3D printing, but with renewable materials. It’s ideal for makers and creators. My initial interest was with creating computer related desk supplies and computer enclosures for my computer customers, but I’ve now expanded my horizons to include some future projects that I envision making which are listed on my woodworking page.

Videos

I’ve produced about 50 videos this month on a variety of topics. Here are some of the more popular ones so far. Dates provided are the recording date, not the posted date. These links go directly to the YouTube video post.

Personal Video Update for August 2017

Below is a video message I recorded for a more personalized update.

Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.

~ Greg

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Want More News? For additional news and updates you can subscribe to the Resources For Life Newsletter by sending an email to resourcesforlifenews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.

My Approach to Sunrise Photography

In this video I talk about adjusting exposure for greater impact, and also how going for a bike ride early in the morning can help get you to the right place at the right time for sunrise photos. Recorded 23 Aug 2017.