Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Miracle Weight Loss Plan

Apparently I've discovered the secret to painless and effortless weight loss. It's simple...be less stressed, don't work in a call center and get off unemployment.

I hadn't stepped on a scale in a couple months and the last weight I remember being at was around 318. Well lo and behold I hit the scale the day before yesterday and it said 300! Imagine my surprise!

I haven't done much in the way, that I remember, in reducing my food intake drastically or increasing my exercise, but I guess little steps add up. After all, I'm no longer lolly-dogging around my house unemployed and depressed, eating and drinking out of boredom, nor am I sitting on my fat ass all day eating fast food lunches in a call center.

I don't do a lot of physical activity at this new job, but I don't sit on my butt all shift either. We're up and about doing rounds or giving out meds or doing simple cleaning. The campus isn't huge but it's more than a couple of acres and getting around it used to make me quite winded in the beginning. Now I'm able to walk it without any heavy breathing at all.

I'm drinking a lot of Diet Coke and not snacking much. Been buying healthier food since I have a good income and I'm not broke anymore, allowing me to spend on the higher cost of better quality foodstuffs.

My new home has a full kitchen encouraging me to cook and not buy so much ready-to-eat junk.

It all adds up.

So now I'm on a mission to drill down into the 200's again (for the first time in 2 years), and stay there, by my birthday. I'm shooting for a stable 295 by April 9th.
  • Eat better and less often.
  • Get off your fat ass and move.
Wow, what a discovery, huh?!

Alright, I'll admit it. I knew the "secret" to weight loss all along. We all do, don't we?

It's the will to just do those two simple steps that's the hard part.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What? Good News? Really?

You know, it gets downright depressing when you tune in to the news each day and see nothing but bad news.

Civil war in Libya, earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan and the nuclear power plant crisis that developed from that, unrest and armed crackdowns it seems, everywhere. Not to mention the usual litany of murders, famine, poverty, and all manner of other strife.

Humanity is not shining much, it seems, lately.

But finally, I happened upon this gem of an article via Wikipedia "In the news"...

NASA's MESSENGER space probe becomes first spacecraft to orbit Mercury

The article explains that though Mariner 10 visited our solar system's inner-most planet to the sun back in 1975, no craft until now has achieved orbit.

That momentous space exploration step aside though, here's the thing that really put a little tear in my eye.

From a little over a hundred million miles away, the space craft snapped a photo of the Earth and the moon.


How small our world seems when viewed from the vastness of space. Even from a relatively minuscule distance as 100,000,000 miles.

You'd think that with so little area we can call home, we, the "intelligent" species on Earth could find a way to live in peace and harmony with each other.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lost In Translation

I feel a bit lost in translation as I am currently watching Japanese TV (in Japanese without English subtitles) via Bright House to keep abreast of the recent disaster. Let me tell you, it's hard to interpret this footage on your own if you know little of Japanese culture and even less of their language.

As devastating as the tragedy is, it seems every news anchor of this channel is very calm and erudite. Never do you see the emotion that was evoked by American news anchors like Dan Rather and Peter Jennings during 9/11. These news readers are either total tools or they are robots. I can't understand it.

But then, the video footage they show of interviews with survivors and witnesses show the same rather matter-of-fact attitude from them as well.

These people are like:

"So sorry to disturb you, but we have just experienced our worst disaster ever. If you could see fit to watch us for a few minutes we will calmly show you video clips of the devastation. Thank you for taking up you time to concern yourselves with us and our problems."

Huh?

The rest of the world is not so polite and deferential.

Anywhere else, the people affected would be loudly screaming for aid and succor.

But I respect the Japanese way. They want to take care of situations themselves.

But, I don't know, this time, they may need some help.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Apartment Pics

Here are some snapshots of the new place. The living room area still needs furniture but otherwise, it's complete:

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

SCRAPBOOK: Apres Mardi Gras Le Deluge

With fond memories of my time in New Orleans, I bring you images of this years Carnival and, utimately, its aftermath:

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Minecraft City Update


Here's that Minecraft city I've been working on again. It's about double the size it was last time I posted a pic. I put the game on "peaceful" mode so I can mine, craft, build and smell the flowers without any nasty ass creepers sneaking up on me.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Howdy Neighbor

So, as it turns out, guess who my new neighbor is? Well, was, I should say before she was arrested and put in jail pending her trial for murder.

That's right, none other than Casey Anthony, infamous "Bad Mama" of Orlando.

Now I'm not so close to actually be within a stone's throw, nor will the undoubetedly big traffic on her street during the upcoming trial from all the media affect me in any way. But the house is about a mile and a half away. So, kinda in the same 'hood.

The trial will likely be telecast heavily, if not nationally, locally, at least, and I may drive over there to catch a glimpse and a snapshot or two during the mayhem. Maybe I'll get to see her equally koo-koo media-hog parents or her mysterious and sleasy-looking brother. Maybe they'll blow up at the media again, only to be caught on camera, of course. How delicious!

If the trial for the baby killer goes as everyone expects, poor Casey will likely be making a date with Ole Sparky. Well, now I guess it'd be Ole Sparky's little cousin, Nicky the Needle.

Unless it goes the way of the O.J. trial...

Nah! That won't happen. She ain't no rich celebrity and this isn't L.A.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

New Home Sweet New Home

I got my stuff together and moved all my shit out of the Lake Mary house by Feb. 21 but not before I got a note on my windshield:

Poor thing...

But it's all water under the bridge now.

The new place is great. Makes me wonder why I endured places like the Lake Mary house for years when other great situations like this were out there.

I'll post pictures of the new place soon. It's almost complete, just needs the bed I ordered from Macy's, a love seat/futon for the living room area and a couple of bar stools.