Before And After Photos

Age 56. I need some help.

I don’t have an after photo yet, so here’s the before. This is age 56, photo taken on June 10, 2017. I’m on a scuba diving adventure aboard the Cee Ray dive boat. In the cup is orange juice, and on the plate is a sweet roll. Tons or carbs are eaten between dives, as this particular activity really sucks the energy out of your body. I’ll get another pose like this in 90 days and we’ll see how things are coming along.

First Odd Scuba Dive

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Searching diligently for the neighbor’s lost contact lens. 

Today I made my first real dive. Even it was a technical event, with a maximum depth of 2 feet and an average of 1 foot with 12 minutes total time underwater.

Where was I? You’ve probably already figured it out. My 500 gallon hot tub was today’s dive of choice.

I’m not certified, haven’t taken my first official class, though I have completed the SSI computerized module for Open Water Diver. I’m extremely mechanically inclined, so didn’t feel at all out of sorts during this dive. Tested all equipment before submerging, with the knowledge that should I run out of air, well, it’s not really that far to the surface, right?

Oh yea!!

With total abandon, I plunged into the mental abyss. So cool. I mean, hot! I was literally in hot water, in a good way of course. It was so cool to be hot. This was the coolest hot thing I’ve done in forever.

Regulators worked perfectly. I changed to my secondary then back to primary. Check. No issues. Cleared a little water that had accumulated in the chamber, then went to breathing like a fish. Did some fiddling with the pressure valve on the reg, but at this depth, it’s pretty much not going to do anything.

The boyancy control vest was cool. Inflate, deflate. All systems, check. Dive computer… perfect. Water temperature was 103 degrees. Visibility crystal clear. Filters in the tub, yes, there they sat, looking all filterish. This was probably the coolest thing ever, and I haven’t even dipped a fin into a pool yet.

Soon, I’ll get all fishy-like and turn this into something real.

I start my first class April 29. Four hours classroom, four hours pool. I’m ready. I’m pumped. And I’m totally going to love this “whole new world” I’m about to explore.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, stop thinking and do it. I’m sure you’ll wonder why you took “forever” to make the decision and take action. That’s what other diving friends have said to me repeatedly–“you’re going to love it.” And you know what? They’re absolutely right!

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The dog seems concerned. Is he going to come up for air anytime soon?

One more thing. The dive computer didn’t log this dive, even though it did provide me with details of the dive in real time. No logging since the depth wasn’t sufficient to be considered “real.” Oh well. My logged dives are coming up soon enough.

 

— Photo credits:  Tami Glander

High Calorie Meal

Easiest to consume high calorie meal, according to 4-hour body:

Macaroni, durum whole wheat, mixed with water packed canned tuna, and fat-free turkey/bean chili.

Mix the macaroni with a can of tuna and as much chili as you like, microwave it for one minute on high. Add a little milk or butter with the macaroni.  Have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you can manage it.

Supplements

Use the following, based on the 4-hour body:

  1. Cissus Quadrangularis 2,400 mg TID
  2. Alpha Lipoic Acid 300mg 30 minutes before each meal
  3. L-Glutamine 10 grams q2h up to 80 gram loading dose, then 10-30 grams post workout
  4. Creatine loading 10 days 5 grams per day to prevent intestinal discomfort. Then 3.5 grams upon rising and at bedtime.

The first two will help with fat gain during Occam’s Feeding.

 

 

Meetings: The Four P’s

Meet regularly with direct reports. Use the Four P framework to organize your conversations:

People, process, projects, profit.

People:  Have them update you on anyone they may be responsible for. Ask who the promising leaders are and how they’re being developed for their next roles. Find out who’s not performing and what’s being done to get them on track.

Processes:  Have them explain what process changes they are working on to improve their performance and the customer experience.

Projects:  Have them describe the initiatives they’re working on to upgrade the services they’re responsible for.

Profit:  Have them give you status reports on their financial responsibilities. This includes their attention to time management, overtime and cost controls. Time is money.