Thursday, December 14, 2017

BETTER THAN NOTHING



After arriving in my Canton, Ohio hotel long after dark, and while it was snowing and with the temperature in the teens - another day passed when I did not take a walk. Still, I marched in place in my room for about two hours to accumulate 15000+ steps while I watched netflix. I know it is not quite the same thing as actually walking, but I sure that it still is better than nothing

Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Quaker - Oatmeal 500 80 10 15 0 0
Kellogg's - Raison Bran 380 92 2 10 420 36
Raison Bread 200 38 3 6 240 18

1,080 210 15 31 660 54
L U N C H
Subway Seafood Sensation, 12" Sub 820 100 38 26 1,480 16

820 100 38 26 1,480 16
D I N N E R
Taco Bell Chicken Burrito, 1 Burrito 420 47 20 14 890 2
Taco Bell Soft Taco 380 34 18 18 1,000 2

800 81 38 32 1,890 4
S N A C K S
Dunkin Donuts - Boston Cream Donut   300 37 16 3 360 17

300 37 16 3 360 17
   
Totals 3,000 428 107 92 4,390 91
Your Daily Goal 1,995 249 66 100 2,300 74
Remaining -1,005 -179 -41 8 -2,090 -17
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 65 extra calories from exercise today

If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 237.8 lbs in 5 weeks     


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

EGG ON MY FACE

Well, I predicted the Senatorial Special Election in Alabama. I predicted that flawed candidate Judge Moore would win. This morning, I am busy wiping the egg off my face.


"Random House Dictionary of American Slang, Vol. 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter (Random House, New York, 1994): "have egg on (one's) face -- to look foolish or be embarrassed. 
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Yesterday in Ohio, it snowed all day. Perhaps the accumulation was about six inches. I did not get back to my hotel until well after dark. I did not think it would be a great idea to be out and about in the dark where my footing would be an issue.

What a day!  I did not walk and an election of national importance did not go my way.  Note to self: Cheer up. Today is another day.

Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Days Inn - Breakfast Eggs 240 2 16 24 580 0
Kellogg's - Raison Bran 475 115 3 13 525 45
Days Inn - Sausage Links 200 1 18 10 480 1

915 118 37 47 1,585 46
L U N C H
Subway - Turkey Breast 560 92 7 36 0 14

560 92 7 36 0 14
D I N N E R
Speedy Good to Go - Ham/Cheese Pretzel Sub 780 106 22 44 2,600 12

780 106 22 44 2,600 12


 
Totals 2,255 316 66 127 4,185 72
Your Daily Goal 1,964 245 65 99 2,300 73
Remaining -291 -71 -1 -28 -1,885 1
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 34 extra calories from exercise today
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 230.7 lbs in 5 weeks     





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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MARRANOS IN AMERICA

I start today by publishing a column written by Dennis Prager who describes what it is like to be a Conservative, or Republican or certainly a Trump supporter in America today.  Oftentimes, Republicans, Conservatives and certainly Trump supporters must do so in secret. Take the time to read Prager's column below and then I will make my prediction about the special election in Alabama tonight.

Conservatives in America – Like Marranos in Medieval SpainTue, Sep 5, 2017  •  Column

For those unfamiliar with the term, Marranos was the name given to Jews in medieval Spain, especially in the fifteenth century during the Spanish Inquisition, who secretly maintained their Judaism while living as Catholics in public.
There is, of course, no Spanish Inquisition in America today – no one is being tortured into confessing what they really believe, and no one is being burned at the stake. But there are millions of Marrano-like Americans: Americans who hold conservative views – especially those who hold to conservative positions on social issues and those who voted for Donald Trump for president.
Millions of Americans who hold conservative and/or pro-Trump views rationally fear being ostracized by their peers, public humiliation, ruined reputations, broken families, losing their job, and being unable to work in their field. Under these circumstances, they have decided that coming out as conservative or pro-Trump is not worth the persecution they would.
In terms of the percentage of the population affected, there is no parallel in American history. Coming out as a homosexual prior to the 1960s-70s, or publicly announcing that one was member of the Communist Party in the 1950s would have often led to similar dire consequences in one’s social, work and family life. But gays and Communist Party members comprised a tiny percentage of the American population. And one of them, Communists, supported true evil.
I wish I could share all the emails sent to me from professional musicians who play in some of the premier orchestras of America. They wrote to me following the nationally publicized attempts by left-wing members of the orchestra and of the Santa Monica city government to prevent me from conducting: they publicly called on members of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra to refuse to play, and members of the public to refuse to attend, when I conducted a Haydn symphony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall three weeks ago.
These emails were written to encourage me, and to tell me how they are compelled to hide their conservative views – how they live, in effect, as Marranos.
A violist with one of the most prestigious orchestras in the country (I figured out which orchestra using the Internet; she was afraid to tell even me) wrote to me last week about how quiet she is about her conservatism. While she could not be fired for it, she said, she would be socially ostracized within the orchestra with which she has played for decades.
Another middle-aged professional musician told me that he wears his hair very long in order to appear hippie-like as a decoy to camouflage his conservative politics. He is no more likely to tell fellow musicians that he supports President Trump than a Marrano in medieval Spain would have gone public with his Jewish beliefs.
And here’s part of an email to me from a musician in Minnesota: “I was a professional musician from the age of 17. I wanted you to know that I, too, lost my career because of my views. My choice, actually; I just could no longer take the abuse.”
I’m fortunate. As a radio talk-show host and columnist, I’m paid to express my opinions. And as to my avocation of conducting orchestras, I’m lucky there, too. Because the permanent conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony and the orchestra’s board remained principled, and because so many people support me and my values, the efforts to thwart me failed. Disney Hall, all 2,000-plus seats, was sold out – a first for a community orchestra in that venue.
Of course, American conservative Marranos don’t only live in the world of music. They are in every profession. We know about the high-profile cases, the conservatives whose careers have been ruined by saying the “wrong” thing or supporting the “wrong” candidate or ballot proposition; we know about the conservative speakers who have been physically attacked and prevented from speaking on college campuses. But we don’t know about the millions who are just afraid to speak up, who remain silent in a business meeting or at a dinner party when someone casually expresses a view that they strongly disagree with. These Americans live in fear, legitimately so in many cases, that if they do speak out, there will be severe consequences – a job lost, a promotion not given, even a child who will no longer speak to them.
This is all new in our country.
Had anyone ever predicted that in America – the land renowned more than any other for liberty and free speech – the word “Marrano” would ever accurately characterize any of its citizens, let alone close to half the voting population, that individual would have been regarded as a charlatan.
But, given the intolerance and hatred on the left and its dominance over almost every area of American life, such an individual would have been a prophet.

The polls trying to predict the outcome of the special senatorial election in Alabama are all over the map. What kind of lunatic pro-Moore supporter would publicly admit it? I predict he wins big. I could care less if he is driven out of the Senate once elected by an ethics committee. The job of Republicans, Conservatives and Pro-Trump supporters is to keep the Senate seat out of the hands of a leftist Democrat. Why is the logic of this choice so difficult?  I predict that when the votes are counted, we will learn that the decision was not difficult at all. THE MARRANOS IN ALABAMA WILL VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE. See you tomorrow. I will be either pleased that my prediction was correct or I will be busy wiping egg off my face. Either way, I will be here.




Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Grits 400 88 6 8 1,240 4
Kirkland - Bacon 160 0 12 12 700 0

560 88 18 20 1,940 4
L U N C H
Smoked Salmon Roll 500 61 20 16 0 0

500 61 20 16 0 0
D I N N E R
Speedy Chicken and Cheese, 1 Sandwich 420 62 7 25 1,400 11
Ruffles Cheddar Sour Cream Chippers 400 38 25 5 450 3
M&M - Candies, Peanut-Butter 420 46 22 8 170 38

1,240 146 54 38 2,020 52


 
Totals 2,300 295 92 74 3,960 56
Your Daily Goal 3,834 479 127 192 2,300 143
Remaining 1,534 184 35 118 -1,660 87
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 1,904 extra calories from exercise today

If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 212.4 lbs in 5 weeks






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Monday, December 11, 2017

HERE COMES THE JUDGE

This is my prediction: Judge Roy Moore will win the election in Alabama. I refuse to believe that the voters of Alabama are so stupid as to hand this Senate seat to a democrat automaton who will support every leftist dream of Chuck Schumer.  The election is Tuesday. Today is Monday morning. I guess we will all know by Tuesday evening if my prediction has come to pass. 






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Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Grits 400 88 6 8 1,240 4
Kirkland - Bacon 160 0 12 12 700 0
Nutty Oat 140 26 3 6 220 4

700 114 21 26 2,160 8
L U N C H
Plain Kaiser Roll, 2 roll 300 56 4 12 560 2
Meatballs 540 12 40 32 1,220 4

840 68 44 44 1,780 6
D I N N E R
Oscar Mayer Hot Dog, 3  450 6 39 18 1,350 0
Baked Beans 250 43 1 3 313 6

700 49 40 21 1,663 6
S N A C K S
Icecream Sandwich, 2 sandwich 200 28 8 2 100 14
Add Food 200 28 8 2 100 14
   
Totals 2,440 259 113 93 5,703 34
Your Daily Goal 2,899 362 96 145 2,300 108
Remaining 459 103 -17 52 -3,403 74
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 969 extra calories from exercise today

If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 223.2 lbs in 5 weeks     




Sunday, December 10, 2017

THE RETURN OF BALACLAVA MAN

Yesterday, the temperature in Chicago was in the mid twenties. On Friday I had let my streak of consecutive days taking some kind of walk lapse. On Saturday, I had the choice of starting a new streak. Two consecutive days of not walking or one consecutive day of walking. I chose the second. With the temperatures in the mid twenties, it was time for the return of balaclava man.

Standing in from of this giant threee story high mural, I found myself singing Bicycle Race by Queen.

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Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Grits 400 88 6 8 1,240 4
Egg - Poached Egg, 4 300 2 20 25 629 1
Bread - Whole-wheat, toasted 200 37 3 8 427 16

900 127 29 41 2,296 21
L U N C H
Meatballs, 10 meatballs 540 12 40 32 1,220 4

540 12 40 32 1,220 4
D I N N E R
Plain Kaiser Roll, 3 450 84 6 18 840 3
Sensational Seafood Salad 380 18 28 18 960 6

830 102 34 36 1,800 9


 
Totals 2,270 241 103 109 5,316 34
Your Daily Goal 3,675 459 122 184 2,300 137
Remaining 1,405 218 19 75 -3,016 103
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 1,745 extra calories from exercise today
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 213.7 lbs in 5 weeks.




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I don't quite understand the fascination with this Mexican Artist from the 1950's, Frida Kahlo.  I sell fabric today, that uses her image and it is very popular. I found this mural painted on the side of a building on Milwaukee Avenue.




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Saturday, December 9, 2017

BETTER DAYS AHEAD

I weighed myself this morning, and I am still uncomfortably close to 240lbs... 239.5lbs to be exact. Apparently all those little chocolate treats that I somehow 'forget' to log in my food diary, still count. Still, it's not horrible. I've been worse. I have also been better. I am looking forward to better days ahead.


Your Food Diary For:


BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Grits 400 88 6 8 1,240 4
Kirkland - Bacon 240 0 18 18 1,050 0

640 88 24 26 2,290 4
L U N C H
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 700 55 31 17 286 31

700 55 31 17 286 31
D I N N E R
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken 170 11 14 12 840 4
Panda Express Mixed Vegetable 80 16 1 4 540 5
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp 360 35 23 13 440 9

610 62 38 29 1,820 18
S N A C K S
Ice Cream Bar 480 33 39 6 150 3

480 33 39 6 150 3
Totals 2,430 238 132 78 4,546 56
Your Daily Goal 2,023 253 67 102 2,300 75
Remaining -407 15 -65 24 -2,246 19
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 93 extra calories from exercise today         
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