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Dog Owners Lose Weight?

Dog owners How much weight do you want to lose?

As I get a little older I seem to gain weight a bit easier and it takes a whole lot more work to get rid of it. I am planning on doing a lose weight and train your dog Google hangout. Is anyone interested? It will involve light exercise.

I was told that giving nutritional advice is against the law. So please don’t take anything I say as nutritional advice. If you would like nutritional advice please consult a licensed nutritionist. Any nutritional information at this time is just my personal preference.

I bet what I eat gets better when I start growing my own vegetables.

I suspect finding a time that is good for the majority of people will be difficult.

My friend Cliff Cardin wrote a blog post yesterday about weight loss. Basically the program will follow most of his main points. Cliff says there are four areas he sees as common to all weight loss programs. I think he does mention this information is from popular weight loss books. He’s giving his observation not nutritional advice. Of these four, I plan to focus on three

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and to this I will add eat less processed foods
  2. Consume fewer calories
  3. Exercise

I have never done a program like this before, so for the most part it will be free. Free in that you will not be paying any dollars to me. However, I am thinking of taking donations. What am I charging participants. Well calories of course. It was my idea that participants could donate the calories they are not consuming. These need to be valid and wholesome calories, no junk calories allowed. This means no cookies, candies, or other empty calorie foods. I would actually rather have fewer calories than empty calorie.

Since I am not giving any nutritional advice if you would like to eat more calories and lot and lots of fat I am not going to tell you not to. In fact it will be interesting to see how that works. But then you won’t be able to contribute those calories to someone who really needs them.

There are still a few things that need to be worked out. One is someplace to store all those calories. I’m not going to store them on my belly. One idea is to get a small storage shed to keep at my place. But I don’t have much extra room. There may be a need to find a volunteer who will let me keep a few extra calories at their location. Then it’s a matter of getting or perhaps having someone help us make a storage shed.

There is also some hesitation on my part introducing people to my training drills. There is a good chance no one will actually want to do them. It is a big experiment. It may not even be important if the other parts of the program work for the individual.

I have started reading through much of my writings and have decided I need to rewrite most of the motivational material (meditations). I would say I am not quite ready.

I think I will be picking up my first shed today. This will let me clear my living room of furniture. That is step one to getting my social enterprise, someday nonprofit, started. Step two will either be building my aquaponics garden or getting the storage for surplus food.

There is a chance I will need to start the dog rescue for this project as well. A rescue will take more in the way of dollars. I’m trying to put the rescue off until I become somewhat established.

I am not sure about how I will distribute the donated calories. I suspect I will run into laws and regulations that’ll hamper helping those in need. Do you have any suggestions?

I have recently been thinking that the best way to help people may be to form a church. How do my readers feel about this?

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website






My Aquaponics Nonprofit Social Enterprise Project

I am interested in comparative religion made popular by Joseph Campbell. Her I am learning about more about the philosophy of Confucianism at the Confucian temple
I am interested in comparative religion made popular by Joseph Campbell. Here I am learning more about the philosophy of Confucianism at the Confucian temple

Yesterday I had a meeting with the owner of the location where I thought I would develop the aquaponics project. The idea was to use the aquaponics as a foundation project for a nonprofit or a social enterprise. It’s now looking like this deal is not going to work out. I would say there is probably a 35 percent chance it will go through as I had planned. There are still parts of the plan that may work out, but it will be a very different operation.

I had hoped to use the facility to build aquaponics systems and also to do helpjul videos and Google hangouts. As I see it Google hangouts will be an important part of the whole concept. The third important part of this project was to use the location for a small food bank. I thought they would all work well together. We never even got around to talking about the food bank part of the operation.

Yesterday I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what I need to do. You will notice the blog post for yesterday was a little on the sparse side. My mental energies were preoccupied chewing through and digesting the reality of how hard it’s going to be to start this project. I realized that I just don’t have the financial resources for the project as I envisioned it.

All is not lost.
One of the solutions I came up with was to get rid of my furniture and my TV to have room to do Google hangouts in my living room. I am also going to scale back on the aquaponics project from 400 to 1500 square feet to about 12 square feet. While I won’t be able to grow as much food, I will be able to design system to help others grow food. Eatable fish production is going to be put on hold.

Another part of the project I will need to put off for a while will be the food bank. But I am beginning to form a plan where I may be able to do even this, although on a very reduced scale.

There is an immediate donations that will help make my furniture free living room transition a bit easier. I need two or three small plastic storage sheds. Two of these will be used to store equipment I need for work and at least my old VCR. I keep my most often used dog training equipment and supplies within easy access, in the living room. The third shed will be used to secure some of the aquaponics equipment. I can also use other donations if you feel they are appropriate.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website


Aquaponics My First Experience

Can a childhood experiment turn into a midlife business?

Not a crayfish but it is aquatic
Not a crayfish but it is aquatic

Yesterday I mentioned that I first became interested in the ideas behind aquaponics after reading the works of Konrad Lorenz. As I got to thinking about it I decided that was not quite right. I guess I first started playing with the idea around third and fourth grade.

I believe it was in third grade that I started reading a lot of books. I remember most of them were from Golden Press. I think I had every book in that particular series. Just about all of these books were about animals. The book I had the hardest time understanding was about zoology. In particular I had a hard time figuring out Mendelian genetics. I remember this because I was doing Mendelian inspired experiments on the corn I was raising.

I thoroughly enjoy corn and I happen to have control of CornLover.com do you know anyone who would like to buy it?

Around this same time I was also raising crayfish and minnows in a big cement tub. I now believe this is the first time I had exposure to a very simple aquaponics system. It was not all that successful. As I remember I had watercress to help clean the water. But there was no circulation or at least very little and it was quite irregular.

I also remember writing a book about crayfish during this time as well as dissecting them.

In the beginning my crayfish minnow system worked quite well then something happened. Something went our of balance and there was an ecological disaster. It didn’t happen right away. It started with a noticeable decline in my minnow population. It was not long until all the minnows disappeared. Soon after the minnows were gone I noticed my crayfish population was declining. Eventually I only had one crayfish left.

I think I should have planed my system a bit better. Or, an adult should have given me some suggestion. I think adult help and encouragement would have been of assistance.

Anyway let’s see what happens when I try building my first true aquaponics system involving harvestable plant crops and fish. I am sure I will run into some challenges. I have been getting acquainted with how others have been doing it. I plan on starting with a simple design and then moving to more interesting forms of production.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website

Grow your own fish and vegetables = Aquaponics

With aquaponics you can raise both decorative Fish or fish for food
With aquaponics you can raise both decorative fish or fish for food

Aquaponics is a self sustaining food production system. It combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals, mainly fish) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). I have always been fascinated by the possibilities of these water, fish, plant systems. I first became interested in this theory from reading the works of Konrad Lorenz. Lorenz would build harmonious mini ecosystems to keep his vast and sometime exotic aquatic collections alive. Lorenz is probably best known for his work with imprinting.

With an aquaponics system the plants are grown in a sub straight or medium such as gavel or small stones. The growing medium has a few functions. First is to give the plant a place to develop their root structure for support and nutrients uptake. The medium also provided a large surface area for growing helpful bacteria. It’s the bacteria we can thank for breaking down ammonia and nitrites. Once the bacteria has done its work all those soilless roots can more easily use the resulting nitrates.

After the bacteria and plants neutralize the ammonia and eat up the excess nitrate the water is once again fit for fish.

Aquaponics systems are part of my vision for a social enterprise / nonprofit. I may have a location to start this part of my project. If you would like to help build systems or source material leave a comment. If you know me let’s talk. I hope to start building my first system before 2013.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website