5:00 to 9:00
For better health, I've made three resolutions, involving exercise, fasting, and diet. However, I follow them only part of the time, according to the dictates of the clock or the calendar.
Like many senior citizens, I wake up early in the morning. On most days I'm not required to report to a job, but I'm up well before 6:00 anyway.
I turn on the radio and enter 31 to 61 minutes on a timer. (That's half an hour plus a minute for each day of the month. Don't ask; it's a scheme invented by my better angel.) While the timer counts down, I take a brisk walk, pacing the floor.
After the first half mile, my body is fully awake and functional. Beyond that, I continue for exercise, thinking about the day ahead or doing small chores that don't require sitting.
When the timer goes off and I do allow myself to settle in at the computer, I drink a cup of black coffee. I used to eat something for breakfast at this point, but I don't need to. I have discovered (from fasting prior to medical procedures) that I can survive without food in the morning. One time I got involved in a project and didn't eat for 22 hours.
Early in the morning, I don't break my fast with any calories until around 9:00 AM typically. Afterwards, gradually tearing myself away from my desk, I leave my apartment for a late lunch. I visit a restaurant around 2:00 PM, after the noon crowd has cleared out. (Weather permitting, of course. After I worked a December 30 basketball telecast, it was so cold on eleven of the next eighteen days that I decided not to venture outside at all.)
And lately I've become a semi-vegan! By that I mean that on odd-numbered days, I eat fruits and vegetables and grains and tofu, but no animal products. I have no desire to deprive myself forever by swearing off meat and cheese and eggs permanently, so my veganism is only a half measure. On even-numbered days I revert to omnivorosity.
Upon returning home I begin my overnight fast, eating nothing after 5:00 PM typically. I move a marker on a magnetic board to 5:00 PM, alongside a notation of 9:00 AM. That's when I'll be allowed to break my fast after abstaining from food for 16 hours two-thirds of the day.
I'm doing pretty well at following these rules, with occasional exceptions. They've led me to consume fewer calories. I've lost 11 pounds in the last six months. I've bought a smaller belt. My A1C is stable at 5.3%, thank you very much. And my BMI is now below 30, so I'm no longer obese, merely overweight.
Of course, I'm still not down to the healthy BMI of 22 that I had fifty years ago. To conform to the dimensions on my 1968 FCC license, I'd not only have to regrow four inches taller, I'd have to lose an additional 27 pounds. More feasibly, I could retain my present height and lose 37 pounds.
Will my tricks with the clock and the calendar help me get there? Not likely, but not impossible. Stay tuned.