I did a thing

I’ve been reluctant to share my journey this year, however I’ve been told some see it as inspirational. Many find the reasons a thing can’t be done, I choose to find the reasons and ways a thing can be done. And. Then. Do. It. As I get older, I become quieter and let the results speak for themselves.

Adam Hansen 2022-08-02

How did I lose over 75 pounds this year? I ate less food.

Want more details? I worked with a nutritionist who is also a personal trainer and followed her advice.

This next part is where the pushback usually begins when I share. I didn’t exercise. I allowed my body time to rest and heal. I ate less food. I ate vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices in infinite tasty combinations.

My way isn’t the only way, but it worked for me. My guess is that it would work for most anyone with strong enough reasons to pull them forward through the tough moments.

In total, I’ve lost over 135 pounds from my highest weight. I’m not sure what’s next yet for me. I’m still working that out. I feel like I could write a book from all of the lessons I’ve learned through this year’s weight loss journey and ones from the past.

Before figuring out what’s next, I think I need to take the win and celebrate it. Which brings me to a question, how do you celebrate big accomplishments?

Turkey Chase 2021

I did a thing on Thursday. I ran a Thanksgiving Day 5K. To many it’s probably not a big deal, but for me it was a decent physical accomplishment and a reminder that was sorely needed. With enough determination, persistence, effort, and faith most anything is possible.

This was my first 5K in five years. I was slower than last time. I weigh more than before. My body aches way more than it used to. It wasn’t my best pace but I did complete it which was goal number one.

This time I upgraded from my Converse All-Stars to actual running shoes. Even with that, I can’t say I like running much. I think I like the idea of it and the feeling of accomplishment when it’s completed. But the actual running part is somewhat torturous to me. I’m not saying I won’t keep trying but for this year one 5K is enough.

…although it would seem fitting to do one more at some point so I can say I ran five 5Ks. Maybe when I’m 55?

5K collages

Nutritarian Vegan Fruit Oatmeal

I’ve been making this recipe multiple times a week in one form or another for several months. This is my favorite iteration after several refinements. This recipe it can be modified in many ways. I served it to a group and no one missed the dairy or sugar at all. The added fruit brings natural sweetness.

Nutritarian Fruit Oatmeal

Nutritarian Vegan Fruit Oatmeal

A health filled start to your day!


1. In a baking dish, mix the oats, vanilla, and cinnamon.

2. Add chopped walnuts, chia seeds, ground flax seed, and black seeds and mix to evenly distribute.

3. Next pour the water over the mixture and stir.

4. Stir in the blueberries, chopped apples and dried fruit.

5. Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes.

6. Serve.


2 cups water

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup blueberries or mixed berries (fresh or frozen)

4 apples, peeled, cored and diced

4 tbsp chopped walnuts

2 tbsp ground flax seed

2 tbsp chia seed

1 tbsp black seeds (Nigella sativa) – optional

1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)


Serves 4

1 serving, 406 Calories, 9.4 g Protein, 73.2 g Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber 15g, 11 g Total Fat, 9 mg Sodium, Calcium 98mg, Iron 5mgPotassium 477mg

There are lots of healthy elements to this recipe that help start your day right. Blueberries and apples provide some of the vitamins, nutrition and fiber our bodies crave. The nuts and seed provide healthy fats and sustained energy. Cinnamon has been noted to help boost metabolism as well as blood sugar regulation.

One of the things I enjoy about this recipe is it’s versatility. In the past, I’ve subbed in muesli for oats. Oftentimes I leave out the raisins to reduce the sugar content. The apples have been optional for me because they take the most time to prep. I’ve cut this recipe in half and made it on the stove in a sauce pan. This is a filling, stick with you oatmeal recipe. I tend to make the baked version on the weekend so I have a few ready made meals at the beginning of the week. (If I can stop snacking on it.) Plus baking it allows me to use an awesome earthenware baking dish that gives me warm vibes in the wintertime.

If you try it, please let me know what you think.

Thinking about Chantix? Think again.

Chantix a.k.a. Champix a.k.a. Varenicline

This post is a bit atypical for me. It has quite a few links to several articles. I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional or scientist. I just notice the news with a discerning eye, thanks in part to the No Agenda Show

In 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Chantix in the United States. Chantix is a prescription medicine to help adults 18 and over stop smoking. I have been noticing stories ever since then about potential severe side effects of this drug.

Let’s start with the most recent…

June 1, 2011
Chantix Approval Revoked in France
“The study revealed that Chantix is a whopping 18 times likelier to be associated with “violence and aggression” versus other drugs.”
“…Chantix has so much potential danger it should contain restrictions including exclusions for police, military, and others who must carry weapons.”

May 28, 2011 in the Daily Mail
High suicide rates related to anti-smoking drug Chantix were ‘left out of crucial safety review’
“Hundreds of reports of suicides and violent reactions tied to the stop-smoking drug Chantix were left out of a crucial government safety review.”

May 27, 2011 from MSNBC
Smoking-pill suicides overlooked in missing reports: Drugmaker sent data to FDA through ‘improper channels’
“Before last July, the FDA had logged 122 reports of suicides linked to Chantix, including 37 reported by Pfizer and 85 reported by health professionals or consumers, Moore reported. After the 150 new Pfizer reports were added, the total jumped to 272.”
And don’t think this is all new news…

February 10, 2008 in a feature in New York Magazine
This Is My Brain on Chantix
“I’d heard it was the most effective stop-smoking drug yet. So I took it. Then those reports of suicidal ideation began washing in.”

September 19, 2007 from ABC’s Good Morning America
Girlfriend Believes Chantix Contributed to Texas Musician’s Death
“Months earlier people had started posting concerns about Chantix online. There were reports of suicide. “I thought I was losing my mind,” wrote one poster. Another described a “super depressed meltdown.””

PubMed Health is a consumer health Web site produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The article from PubMed about Varenicline was last revised on October 1, 2009.
Varenicline (var en’ i kleen)
“Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so) while taking varenicline.”

When I read articles like these it makes me wonder about the motivations for pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. At some level aren’t they supposed to be trying to help people? It could seem that the love of power and money may have overtaken the number one priority. I remember once hearing about this thing called the Hippocratic Oath.

Primum non nocere