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So, it has occurred to me that I have yet to do a body comparison for 2015.

For those of you who don’t know, I started Weight Watchers in April 2013 at 493.3lbs. However my highest known weight that I can recall was 534.4 lbs.

As of 1/19/2015

So here are a few picture for your viewing pleasure.

For those of you who don’t know, I started Weight Watchers in April 2013 at 493.3lbs. However my highest known weight that I can recall was 534.4 lbs.

Here are the weights for each picture:

  • July 2013: 463.2 lbs
  • February 2014: 409.4 lbs
  • June 2014: 369.8 lbs
  • October 2014: 342 lbs
  • January 2015: 324.6 lbs

The above picture is also my most recent facial comparison. I would have taken one today, but I didn’t like how I looked in any of them. Hahaha yea.

The first picture was me in 2013 at 415.8lbs and the second from this year has me in at 324.6lbs.

My journey is far from over, and I have no intention of giving up.

I have gotten a lot of new followers, and I wanted to share this with you in hopes that it will motivate you to keep up with your journey (whether your are just starting or have been for awhile)

I just want to let you know that you are capable of accomplishing your goals, you just need to find that inner patience. My biggest advice I can give to you is to have confidence in yourself. Know that ups and downs will come your way, and no matter what you are capable of defeating the down moments. You are strong, and I promise you will make it through.

Ordinary wheat has long been strictly a human-engineered plant; it could not exist outside of farms, because its seeds do not scatter. For some 60 years scientists have been using “mutagenic” techniques to scramble the DNA of plants with radiation and chemicals, creating strains of wheat, rice, peanuts and pears that have become agricultural mainstays. The practice has inspired little objection from scientists or the public and has caused no known health problems.

The difference is that selective breeding or mutagenic techniques tend to result in large swaths of genes being swapped or altered. GM technology, in contrast, enables scientists to insert into a plant’s genome a single gene (or a few of them) from another species of plant or even from a bacterium, virus or animal. Supporters argue that this precision makes the technology much less likely to produce surprises. Most plant molecular biologists also say that in the highly unlikely case that an unexpected health threat emerged from a new GM plant, scientists would quickly identify and eliminate it.

And although it might seem creepy to add virus DNA to a plant, doing so is, in fact, no big deal, proponents say. Viruses have been inserting their DNA into the genomes of crops, as well as humans and all other organisms, for millions of years. They often deliver the genes of other species while they are at it, which is why our own genome is loaded with genetic sequences that originated in viruses and nonhuman species. “When GM critics say that genes don’t cross the species barrier in nature, that’s just simple ignorance,” says Alan McHughen, a plant molecular geneticist at U.C. Riverside. Pea aphids contain fungi genes. Triticale is a century-plus-old hybrid of wheat and rye found in some flours and breakfast cereals. Wheat itself, for that matter, is a cross-species hybrid. “Mother Nature does it all the time, and so do conventional plant breeders,” McHughen says.

Could eating plants with altered genes allow new DNA to work its way into our own? It is theoretically possible but hugely improbable. Scientists have never found genetic material that could survive a trip through the human gut and make it into cells. Besides, we are routinely exposed to—we even consume—the viruses and bacteria whose genes end up in GM foods. The bacterium B. thuringiensis, for example, which produces proteins fatal to insects, is sometimes enlisted as a natural pesticide in organic farming. “We’ve been eating this stuff for thousands of years,” Goldberg says.
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The Truth about Genetically Modified Food in Scientific American

Aug 20, 2013 | By David H. Freedman

Proponents of genetically modified crops say the technology is the only way to feed a warming, increasingly populous world. Critics say we tamper with nature at our peril. Who is right?

#plant breeding #GMOs #health
Baguio Trip

After getting the go signal from his father and her dad to stroll around the city, Ryan drove Kylie to Benguet, his hometown. He had told his father about them, and although he was skeptical about it, he had expressed his support and promised to not tell the President just yet but he did request him to introduce her to her mother. And so, after a four-hour drive from the city, they arrived to La Presa. “Alam mo, hindi ako nagbibiro nung sinabi kong walang internet, walang cable tsaka walang air freshener dito. Kaya kung nagdadalawang-isip ka pa, b-balik na lang tayo.”