The Final Countdown

I received the Teloyears test kit to measure my starting telomere length.

We are in the final anticipatory stretch before my epic journey commences.  I think I have prepared as well as possible, though I am quite sure I’ll have to make adjustments as I progress.

My Telomere’s test kit arrived today. I have received all the vitamins I will be taking with the exception of the  multivitamin.  Wheatgrass is growing on my balcony.

I also built a two foot by two foot box in which to grow a larger quantity of wheatgrass.   I may have to build another box because apparently it takes a large quantity of grass to get any juice.  As you can see in the photos below, I only got about a half ounce of wheatgrass juice from a fully grown single container.  I intend to start with one full ounce of juice each morning.

Wheatgrass juice is definitely one of the top five most disgusting things I have ever tasted.  I would have spewed it all over my kitchen cabinets had I not had a Monster within reach to chase it down.  Prior to drinking it, I had thought that it would make perfect sense to feed wheatgrass to livestock because it is so healthy and it grows so quickly.  I now realize why that is not done; the cows, pigs, chickens, and even goats probably refuse to consume it because it is so gross!I think I have finally determined exactly what data I will be collecting.   I have broken it down for digestibility into Sleep Data, Body Data, and Activity Data.  In addition to documenting my Telomere length, it is also most especially important to track the ten Biomarkers of Aging, which are:


  1. Lean Body Muscle Mass
  2. Strength
  3. Basal Metabolic Rate
  4. Body Fat Percentage
  5. Aerobic Capacity
  6. Blood Pressure
  7. Insulin Sensitivity
  8. Cholesterol/HDL Ratio
  9. Bone Density
  10. Body Temperature Regulation

The USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University is the source of these ten particular biomarkers.  While I do not have the ability to precisely track all of them, I can roughly track most of them with the exception of Body Temperature Regulation.  I do, however, expect this biomarker to improve remarkably because of the cold training I will be performing as it relates to The Wim Hof Method.   Regardless, I believe each and every measurable biomarker will dramatically improve.   Even if I fail to lengthen my Telomeres, I will, nevertheless, arguably be biologically younger if I improve these Biomarkers of Aging.

I am calculating Basal Metabolic Rate by taking the calories fitbit says I am burning while sleeping (currently 6 per typical five minute block of time) and multiplying it by 12.  Consequently, my current BMR is 72 per hour, giving me a daily BMR of 1,728, slightly better than the average male at 1,662 calories.

I am calculating Aerobic Capacity by using Fitbit’s Cardio Fitness Score, which it claims is the same as VO2 Max.  I am not convinced it is particularly accurate, but it will be a useful tool to track trends.

I initially resisted it, but have decided to not only begin regularly using Lumosity, but to also track my Lumosity Performance Index (LPI).  My daily LPI score will go in the Activity Data Spreadsheet.  “Spark,” by John J. Ratey, MD with Eric Hagerman, is a book I am presently 150 pages into that convinced me to reconsider using and tracking Lumosity.  This is yet another fascinating book in which the author argues that exercise has a profound effect on both cognitive abilities and mental health.  He relates studies which show exercise is more effective at treating depression than Zoloft and that exercise has been shown to stave off Alzheimer’s disease in rats.  He makes compelling arguments that regular exercise can help people with all sorts of conditions including Parkinson’s, dementia, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and even addiction.  “Spark” has convinced me that my exercise regimen will not only grow my body’s muscles, it will also grow my brain with new brain cells and a brain that works more powerfully and efficiently.  Of course, I must feed my brain the right nutrients and properly exercise it.

Few things are as exciting as realizing how to live one’s life with purpose. I have discovered something far more important than myself and intend to give it everything I’ve got to give.

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