Saturday, October 10, 2015


I lifted this definition of NEW WORLD ORDER directly from
As a conspiracy theory, the term New World Order or NWO refers to the emergence of a totalitarian world government. The common theme in conspiracy theories about a New World Order is that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government—which will replace sovereign nation-states—and an all-encompassing propaganda whose ideology hails the establishment of the New World Order as the culmination of history's progress. Significant occurrences in politics and finance are speculated to be orchestrated by an unduly influential cabal that operates through many front organizations. Numerous historical and current events are seen as steps in an ongoing plot to achieve world domination through secret political gatherings and decision-making processes.
The reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States (1776). The Latin phrase "novus ordo seclorum", appearing on the reverse side of the Great Seal since 1782 and on the back of the U.S. one-dollar bill since 1935, translates to "New Order of the Ages" and alludes to the beginning of an era where the United States of America is an independent nation-state; conspiracy theorists claim this is an allusion to the "New World Order".

Just for the record, I am fairly certain that I do not believe any of this New World Order nonsense.  Most conspiracy theories seem more at home 'within the plot of a Hollywood movie' than in real life. Therefore..... are likley asking yourself: Why is the Marc Jacobs Weight Loss Journal talking about the New World Order?  As it turns out, I am not really talking about the New World Order.... However, I am talking about ORDERING in the NEW WORLD.  On Thursday, I visited a Panera Bread Restaurant.  The queue to place one's order was quite long.  I remembered that I had recently received an email from Panera Bread touting their mobile phone application that allows one to order online.  I took a comfortable seat in the restaurant, and logged onto the application.  The application allowed me to order whatever I wanted.  Each item conveniently displayed the calories and price.  I ordered two items (soup and half sandwich)   Paying for this did not even require me to enter my credit card number.  The application allowed me to use ApplePay.  My food was waiting for me within 10 minutes, packed in a bag with my name.  The whole process was simple, and it streamlined the process of getting my lunch.  One could order while still 10 minutes away, and the food would be ready and hot the moment one walked in the restaurant.  So, while this new way of ordering food may not be part of the NEW WORLD ORDER - it certainly represents ORDERING in the NEW WORLD.

I did not order the French Baguette, although it was available at no extra charge... once I saw that this tiny (and tasty) piece of bread was 180 calories, I lost my appetite for it.

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221.0 lbs

I weigh 221.0 lbs.
I lost 3.6 lbs this week
I have lost 88 lbs in 290 days. Today begins Day 291.
I will always be at the beginning of a journey that never ends.
I weigh 221 lbs (290 days ago I weighed 309 lbs)
I have lost 28.5% of my weight since Dec 24.
I have a BMI, body mass index of 29.56 
I had a 42.0 BMI on Dec 24 just 276 days ago (Class III obesity)

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 Friday MENU
breakfast    Steel Cut Oatmeal, Multigrain Rice Cakes                   960 calories
lunch          Hormel Chili Turkey, Apples                                       580 calories
dinner         Apple, Cacao Goji, Wasabi Peas, banana chips           746 calories
SNACK     Yogurt Raisins, Granola, Chocolate Mint Protein Bar  802 calories 


calories burned
191 min, 15 mile hike Chicago, very brisk pace  3051 calories

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Friday net calories 37 calories
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fitbit day 37
31981 steps

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ULYSSES S GRANT STATE in Lincoln Park - erected 1891
I found information about the Grant statue on

Interestingly Ulysses Grant's statue is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, whereas Abraham Lincoln's statue is located in the heart of Grant Park .. I've heard some amusing explanation, that there was a mistaken switch that was never corrected ... However the city of Chicago's website explains it as thus ..It's a Chicago curiosity, but can easily be explained by knowing the history of Chicago's prominent lakefront parks. Lincoln Park was Chicago's first park, well established at the time of Grant's death. The mud-covered remains of the Great Chicago Fire would be developed as a series of formal gardens after the turn of the century and named for Grant, another honor for this great Civil War hero. Ulysses S. Grant was a resident of Galena, Illinois, and served in the Civil War as General of the Union Army. Grant was twice elected president of the United States. With no political background, Ulysses Grant became president in 1869, but it is for his tremendous military actions that he is honored with this statue which depicts him ready for battle. It was dedicated in 1891. 

My urban hikes in Chicago often include the Nature Boardwalk at the  Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago Skyline on a cloudy grey day (looking south)

I have a few favorite hats... Certainly my Simpsons 'DUFF BEER' hat is one  of them.

Chicago Skyline - this time taken from Navy Pier (looking north)

While at Navy Pier I had the opportunity to test drive a SMART CAR during a Mercedes Benz promotion.  (I simply 'paused' my workout on the MapMyWalk Application during the test drive)
This car can TURN ON A DIME - not so surprising, since the car is about the size of Half Dollar!
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Even my fitbit recognized the recent progress I have made with my weight loss.  It has been nearly 3 months since my weight has been this low... For the past few weeks, my weight has been bouncing around the 227 lb neighborhood.  When I purchased my fitbit on September 3rd, I entered my weight that day at 226.9 lbs and entered my interim goal weight of 210 lbs.  Moments after entering my weight of 221 lbs this morning - my fitbit sent me a 'badge' recognizing my accomplishment. 

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