Thursday, September 24, 2015

This weight loss thing, Part 2

In case anyone is wondering what I was hinting at in my last post, I have decided to
write and sell an ebook about my experience with weight loss and dealing with pre diabetes.
Up in the air is the approach taken, but pricing has been pretty much decided along with
the delivery method.

The book will be sold through Amazon most likely and the price will be $4.99. I guess that I will
have to learn social media to get some exposure, and have to do the promotion and marketing

This book will be about how I used internet research and interaction with medical professionals
to try to get a handle on my condition before it reached the point of no return, and the results obtained.

I have a strong belief that what I did can be done by others as well. By nature, I am pretty lazy and
prone to just going with the flow, but can rise up when needed. The sticking with it part is sometimes
where I fail. So far, that hasn’t happened; in fact, I  love not having to tote around that extra 47 pounds!

Here are 3 stills of me as I was in April or May 2010 from a ABC 7 news story. As you can see, I possibly was an ounce or two overweight at the time of the interview, which was regarding the theft of the Mojave
Cross, covered extensively by me on this blog.




The exercise part is not that hard, nor is the diet part. What is hard is getting the “will to do it” and the
”sticking to it” part, and the “getting off sugar” part. If folks can do that and just follow the path that I lay
out in the ebook(when written) they will see pounds and more importantly for their self esteem,
inches come off. I have went in 5 months from barely squeezing into 38 expandable waist to having extra room in 34 waist pants.

The key to the success of my ebook effort will come if I can convince people that the price of a Starbucks
fancy coffee is worth paying to make the purchase, and that they can do what I did themselves.

I will be going out on early social security next year and a success here generating a little passive income
would be a big plus. I plan on continuing to work up to the limits of the law, about 15.5k$ a year up until
I turn 66, but I don’t believe that applies to writer royalties; I definitely do not want to be driving a bus though
if I can help it.

Anyway, that’s it, that’s the plan.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This weight loss thing

A visual update from my weigh in this very morning. Sorry about those pesky toes
in the photo.


As some may remember, on 4/15/2015, the day of my pre diabetes diagnosis, I weighed
230 pounds. This is 5months and 9 days later, now I don’t have to joke anymore about
possibly being an ounce or two overweight Winking smile

May I show you some photos of some of my recent meals? Perhaps you may be thinking that
the Morongobill might have become part of  the “bean sprout and tofu eating brigade?”

The next two are from one meal.

I will edit this with further comments later, as well as my plans with this. So come back.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Quick video thought on Ivanpah SEGS filmed on 9/13/2015

While sitting in the Primm, Nevada Carl’s Jr eating breakfast before starting out
on a busy day of mine site exploration near the Mojave Cross in the Mojave National Preserve; my eyes kept glancing over at the huge scar on the landscape that is the Ivanpah SEGS, Brightsource Energy’s solar project.

A huge swath of once beautiful desert ecosystem now converted into an industrial area, with the soil bladed, compacted and treated with chemicals to prevent any plant life from coming back for the life of the plant.

A development that many environmentalists and enviro groups approved of. In my mind, not trying to stop it meant tacit approval, a view that I pointed out many times right here at this blog. To no avail, of course.

And now, a drive through the area beginning a half mile before the Primm  exit on I-15 heading toward California and continuing all the way almost to the Nipton Road exit showcases on the left, a major photovoltaic solar farm that goes right up to the gas plant almost, and once crossing the stateline, the Brightsource farm now joined on the right by a huge new photovoltaic site now well into its’ development. Oh and did I mention the giant new CHP truck inspection facility with all its’ massive infrastructure including access roads and a new bridge over a wash?

All hail the death of the northern end of the Ivanpah Valley and the new Industrialized Valley that has replaced it. My thoughts are captured in this short video below.

All hail the new “Industrialized Ivanpah Valley!”


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Big rain at the Mojave Cross

Along with lightning and thunder. This happened a couple of days ago when I was in the area to
visit old mine sites and camps located within 3 miles or so from the cross.

I plan on posting about the visit but today let me leave you with a couple of unprofessional videos that I took.
This is the first big rain that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in the 15 years or so that I have visited the
Mojave National Preserve.

Get your raincoat.


First time that I have ever been in a gullywasher in the Mojave National Preserve!
Will the Morongomobile be washed away in a flash flood? Watch and see.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Visit to the Hangman’s tree today

At long last, I got the energy to drive the two hours out to Morongo Valley and do a hike
at the Big Morongo Canyon Nature Preserve. The weather report was for sun and around 90 degrees F,
perfect for a 5 mile round trip visit down and back to the Hangman’s tree, or Senor Cottonwood.

This is a 100 plus year old gnarly tree that stands next to a wash where boulders and rocks are scattered
and in some cases are intertwined with the roots of the tree. It also sits right next to the dirt road used to service the gas pipeline that runs up through the nature preserve and Area of Critical Environmental Concern. In fact a year or so ago, they added a ‘lay down area” nearby, hopefully they will never have to do anything to this tree or ‘accidentally” damage it in any way.

As reported here recently, I have been on a diet and exercise kick due to my being found out as a pre diabetic, losing 45 pounds since April 15th, and the purpose of this trip and hike was to be like a ‘shakedown’ in order to see how less weight has affected my overall condition.

I am pleased to say that I made it back but did come back with tired and sore shins, ankles and my right knee. About what you would expect after not hiking in months and wearing old sneakers and not hiking shoes. My new sunhat was great though.

I went with only one liter of water and ran out just as I walked back into the parking lot. That is cutting it close.

Here is a photo of my trip destination.

Coming back up the canyon, I had to take another rest break under a different cottonwood tree which had even
more shade and rocks as stools. Here is a self portrait under the tree of the Morongobill. Sorry I took my new hat off
to expose the dome to the cooling breeze.

While resting down at the Hangman tree, I recorded several voice notes about the hike.
Once I figure out how to work them into blogger and Windows Live Writer, I will edit this post
and add them here. One was about turning young people onto this tree and its’ history.
And that this tree is worthy of living out its’ days without disturbance.


P.S. I am taking a few days in a couple of weeks for a desert trip and plan on visiting the Castle Peaks area
of the Mojave National Preserve. So I will have photos and a trip report up sometime during the 15-18th of September.