Intermittent Fasting, my Diabetes and my Weight

I’ve had Type 2 Diabetes since 2013. Not only has this adversely affected my lifestyle, but it has caused significant changes to my weight. All seemed hopeless until I tried out intermittent fasting.

Intermittent Fasting

Can you reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes has been long thought by many to be irreversible. It turns out that you can reduce blood sugar, lose weight, and manage or potentially reverse diabetes by fasting. I’ve been trying it out for a week now and it looks promising in terms of losing weight and staying healthy.

What intermittent fasting program do I use?

I am currently trying out the 16:8 dating program. This means that, for a 24-hour day:

  • I fast for 16 straight hours and take nothing but water
  • The remaining 8 hours is my eating window. I usually eat 2-3 times during this period.

Results so far

From 198 lbs at the beginning of the fast, I am now down to 190 lbs. That’s 8 lbs in 7 days, and it’s mostly fat! What’s even better is that I have been able to lower and maintain my blood sugar levels while reducing my medication.

That’s not bad, not bad at all.

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IBM QRadar: How to Change Your QRadar Network Settings

You can change your IBM QRadar network settings by running the QRadar qchange_netsetup script.

Some make the mistake of changing the network settings (such as IP address, hostname, and DNS settings) directly on the QRadar operating system – which runs on a custom RedHat Enterprise Linux distribution.

Here are the steps needed to change your QRadar network configuration.

NOTE: There will be some server down time involved since the script will stop all QRadar services and initiate a server reboot. Also note that the procedure should be done on the physical server terminal/console, and not through a remote SSH session.

1. Open the QRadar terminal (It should be directly on the server and not through SSH).

2. Run the following command: # qchange_netsetup

3. Read the terms and press Y and enter to continue

4. Wait for the services to automatically stop

5. Change the network configuration as necessary

6. Select Finish and wait for the server to reboot.

QRadar will use the new network settings after rebooting.

LTO: Driver’s License Renewal

It actually took me less than 30 minutes to renew my driver’s license. How about that?

I was expecting it to take half a day based on my previous experience. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) finally got rid of the drug testing portion of the license renewal process, which required an applicant to submit urine samples by filling up urine sample bottles handed out by the drug testing agencies at the LTO office. This was more time-wasting than it was effective.

This turned out to be a good thing. If you think of it, any drug user could easily bypass this measure. They simply stop using drugs long enough to get it completely out of their system – enough to be undetected when they renew their license. As for non-drug users, the hassle usually happens when it comes to collecting the urine samples. Some people had to drink several bottles of water – and even wait an entire business day – just to be able to pee.

Here’s wishing for additional improvements from our government agencies.

Defective Philippine e-passports

A few weeks ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admitted that around 10,000 e-passports were found to be defective. The defective e-passports were said to belong to the EB 000-0001 to EB 126-7350 range. The DFA urges all passport holders whose passports belong to the said series to have their passports replaced – which will be free of charge.

Looking back, I remember having passport-related problems a couple of years ago when my old passport’s cover page got detached when someone tried to photocopy it. This effectively rendered my passport invalid and so I had to apply for a replacement. Several delays throughout the replacement process, which lasted for about a month, caused a lot of inconvenience and prevented me from reporting back to work in Singapore.

Guess what my old passport number was. EB 050-XXXX. Bummer. :-/

Bus falls off Manila Skyway

Another vehicle fell off the Manila Skyway at dawn the other day. It was a commuter bus this time. What’s worse is that it landed on top of a closed van traversing the service road below. Parts of the crash debris also hit an unsuspecting bicycle rider.

According to news reports, at least 18 people died and a lot more were injured. The question that’s being asked now is who’s to blame for this tragedy?

Investigators surmised that the bus must have been traveling over a hundred kilometers per hour before plunging to its doom. One eyewitness said that the bus overtook her car, which she said was running around 80kph, just before it hydroplaned, lost control, hit the Skyway barrier, and fell off. The speed limit for buses along the Skyway is pegged at 80kph.

Other factors that might have contributed to the accident include the overall roadworthiness state of the bus and the capability of the driver (driver error).

Investigators are still looking into the possibility that the bus wasn’t road worthy. As for the driver error angle, it’s a well known fact that majority of the bus drivers plying through Manila’s streets are reckless speed demons. One reason why this is so is because their pay is based on the passenger fare that they collect, hence the inherent desire to compete with other busses to get passengers and to drive as fast as they can in order to make more trips.

This isn’t the first time a vehicle fell off the Skyway, and it probably won’t be the last – at least until drivers learn to be responsible and disciplined enough to follow road safety signs and observe good driving etiquette.

In the end, it falls upon the government to protect the general public. One way or the other, they have to ensure that traffic discipline is enforced as well as offending drivers and operators are punished accordingly.