Thursday, April 26, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180426

It's possible that putting oatmeal on certain skin conditions will make things worse. Sure oatmeal is soothing, but it can also feed populations of yeast, which might be the cause of the rash.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180411

I'm focusing on getting at least seven hours of sleep each night and at least 64 ounces of water during the day.

Waist = 42.75"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180405

I'm trying to include a serving of vegetable with each meal. Today for breakfast I included sauerkraut with my sausage. I had asparagus in the fridge, but I didn't feel like cleaning it and then steaming it. Also, I've started to take vitamins again: D3, Multi, plus a fish oil.

Waist = 42.75"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Monday, April 2, 2018

How I Treat Stubborn Dandruff

When large portions of skin began lifting off my scalp, I tried the usual dandruff shampoos such as products that contain pyrithione zinc or selenium sulfide, the latter of which seemed to work marginally better.  But I wasn’t satisfied with the results, so I went to see a dermatologist.

The doctor described it vaguely as yeast and as an adult form of cradle cap and prescribed Ketoconazole 2% shampoo.  It worked amazingly well.  However, the condition also affected my eyebrows, and it was difficult to apply the shampoo there without also getting some in my eyes.  Also the condition would flare up again and again, and I’d have to treat it again and again.

I did some research into “cradle cap” and found that the itchiness I would experience was not a symptom.  I decided to forget about Ketoconazole and treat it like eczema.

I swapped shampoo for Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar, which I was using on my face anyway.  And afterwards, I applied an eczema lotion such as Gold Bond Eczema Relief lotion or the equivalent store brand.  Finally (and probably most importantly) I cut back on ingesting dairy products and sugar.

This regimen works very well, although occasionally I shampoo a second time with the selenium sulfide shampoo, especially if I fail to stick to a healthy diet.

Commercial lotions for eczema are expensive.  They contain 2% colloidal oatmeal, along with a great deal of other suspicious chemicals.  As oatmeal is quite inexpensive, I wonder if I can just let some oatmeal soak in water overnight and then apply that water to my scalp to rinse out the Dove soap.  So the next step is to try the “oatmeal soak water rinse” to see if I can eliminate the lotion.

I do see a recipe for a DIY oatmeal shampoo, but that seems like too much work at this time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180328

I went to bed last night without eating supper. Instead, I divided my large lunch into two smaller meals, which I ate at work. The problems I have with supper include: the time it takes to eat it; the time it takes to clean up afterwards; the fact that it stimulates my urge to binge-eat dessert.

Skipping supper is a great weight-loss plan for me. It cuts down on caloric intake followed by inactivity. It allows me to get to bed earlier and get more sleep if I can stay asleep the whole night. Also, I woke up somewhat hungry this morning. That's not usually the case for me.

Waist = 43.0"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180321

Spring arrived yesterday, and today we have a "Nor'easter" snow storm. Well, last week's snow didn't accumulate too much, and it melted quickly. I don't think I bothered to shovel the driveway.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Weigh-In 20180314

Just another weigh-in.

Waist = 43.0"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.