Friday, October 31, 2008

Oogie Boogie

Happy Halloween


Thursday, October 30, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #3

This week's goal:
October 30th: 175.3

Result:
174.8 pounds
-0.69 pounds of fat lost
-2.91 pounds of muscle lost
-4+ pounds of liquid shit

I was shocked to see my weight so low this morning. I was worried I gained fat when I saw 179 on the scale on Sunday as a sort of unofficial weigh-in. With the calorie restriction I'm on, I found it hard to believe I was gaining weight. Then it dawned on me... I was constipated. Yep, simple as that. I don't know why I was, I had increased my dietary fiber intake since the start of my diet, but it seems it hasn't or wasn't affecting my, um, digestive tract. So, I took an ex-lax. Let's just say I had a fun early morning today (not).

Future goals:

November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


Outlook:

I'm ahead of my goal and prediction for once. Since I'm ahead, I can loosen my calorie restrictions just a little bit (about 250-500 more calories). With Halloween tomorrow, my diet may hit a bumpy road, I've got a case of Twizzlers (120 calories for 4 pieces) with my name on it. I predict I'll see either 173.2 or 172.5 next week. Until then...



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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Get It Over With

As a very rabid user of computers, I've undoubtedly come across some of the worst mud-slinging the Internet has to offer. Some true, some false, some logically flawed (if you're a scarecrow, beware godlikeproductions).

It's getting nasty in the cyberverse. The muck is flowing in from both sides. The liberals AND the conservatives. The democrats and the republicans. Ill-spirited lies like Obama being a Marxist/Socialist (a McCain desperation move) and childish name-calling i.e. "McSame" (though, I do think most of McCain's policies are very in-line with Bush's, namely same-sex marriage, abortion, gun control, and the occupation of Iraq).

I want this election to be over with. Hopefully, with an Obama win, but it isn't over until it's over.


In other news: My kidney biopsy is set for November 7th and I'm not expecting my weigh-in tomorrow to be so pleasing (I haven't slipped in my diet, which is shocking).

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Give Them An Inch...

Where's the public referendum?

Today, New York City Council voted, 29-22, in favor of Bloomberg's amendment to NYC law that effectively allows him (and other city officials) to run for a 3rd term.

I don't like Bloomberg. I want him out of City Hall. Let him go back to running his company like a company instead of New York City like a company.

The ONLY reason this passed is because a majority of members in City council are on their 2nd term. This amendment lets them run for another term as well. I wish I had job security like that.

This was a biased vote. You're, in a sense, handing a bunch of "halfway-out-the-door" city officials a bill and saying, "Hey, vote Aye on this if you want to work for another term."

Again, where's the public referendum? It's most likely going to be on NYC's election day when I'll be sure to vote against Bloomberg and all his cronies in City Council.
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October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #2

This week's goal:
October 23rd: 178 pounds

Result:
178.4 pounds
-0.22 pounds of fat lost
-0.98 pounds of muscle lost (not good)

I'm still having trouble with the whole snacking when I'm not suppose to deal. I slipped constantly during the ALCS (Rays kicked Bosox ass) and even as recent as yesterday. The amount of junk food around the house has dwindled, so it should be a little easier to control my urges to snack on said food. I was behind my goal by only .4 pounds, I better step it up.

Future goals:

October 30th: 175.3 (Would be lowest since early January 2008)
November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


Outlook:

I have to lose 3 pounds in one week. It seems unhealthy and probably is. Instead of just calorie restriction, I think it's time to step it up with more walking. I'm thinking that one day of walking that I did last Saturday saved me from a disappointing week. I'm not all that confident on reaching 175.3 pounds. I'm predicting 177.2 pounds.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Telling It Like It Is: Colin Powell Edition

I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. .... And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.
- Colin Powell, on Meet The Press (10-19-2008)

I'm proud to award Colin Powell with the, still undesigned, Jonathan Ace Gold Star. This is for the above statement, which I agree with 100%, but I couldn't think of a way to express it without anger.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

October-November 2008 Diet: Weigh-in #1

This week's goal:
October 16th: 180.8 pounds (Seems simple, this is actually higher than my last weigh-in)

Result:
179.6 pounds
-4.49 pounds of fat lost
+3.69 pounds of muscle gained


I expected to reach this goal easily. This was a water-weight week. From now until next Thursday is when I really begin losing fat.


Future goals:

October 23rd: 178 (Would be lowest since late August)
October 30th: 175.3 (Would be lowest since early January 2008)
November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)


Outlook:
I only have to lose 1.6 pounds to meet next weeks goal. Another easy goal. I might even do better. My prediction for next week, following the calorie restriction I'm using, I should have a weight of 176.5.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Just Another One of Those Days

Dead. Cat. Bounce.

The Dow pretty much wiped its Monday rally with a loss of 733 points (almost 8%!).

Futures for the Dow are already down -138 points at this time.

Tomorrow will be messy if you're a broker.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weight Watcher V: One Long Month Ahead

Today I noticed one of my close neighbors, and a family friend, looked thinner. I thought it was her recent change of hair style, but I was surprised that it was really a drop in weight.

What did she do?

She cut back. It was as simple as that. Smaller portions and more restraint on snacking. She lost 9 pounds in one month. An excellent and very health loss of weight. This was with no change in exercise.


A Shocking Readout

A few nights ago, I checked my weigh. This was an unofficial weigh-in. It was late in the evening and I expected it to be high, but not 185 pounds. That would be an all-time high since recording began in December 2007.

It has come down to 182 in a recent unofficial weigh-in. However, it is still higher than the last official weigh-in (180.4).


The Road to 170

I declared it to my grandmother, I'll declare it to you now:

I plan to bring my weigh to at least 170 by November 13th.

My official weigh-ins take place on Thursday mornings. You can see my stats (which are averaged) here.

Now, at my current weight of 182, I would need to lose 12 pounds in 31 days. Mathematically speaking, that's 3 pounds per week or 0.39 pounds per day.

Taking that in mind, here is my road map:

October 16th: 180.8 (Seems simple, this is actually higher than my last weigh-in)
October 23rd: 178 (Would be lowest since late August)
October 30th: 175.3 (Would be lowest since early January 2008)
November 6th: 172.6 (Would be lowest since late December 2007)
November 13th: 169.9 (Goal hopefully reached; would be lowest since Christmas 2007)

I will halt any muscle gain and focus on my diet. It's the junk food that's screwing me over. No more crap. It's time to lose fat.

Every Thursday, I'll post a blurb on how I'm doing. Here's hoping this sticks...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Depression


Today the Dow lost another 7% in value, the biggest percentage drop since the crash of '87.

The news is that the Fed, the government, will be taking ownership stakes in failing banks. Rest in peace, Capitalism. I was taught that when a government takes over a business, or in this case, a bank, that government is going against the ideals of Capitalism. Sure, the US Government is trying to do something, but this process, even though I disagree with it, would take weeks. We do not have weeks. Once the credit market REALLY freezes up, we'll all be screwed. To elaborate, no more credit cards. You either have cash, or you can go stand in the breadline.


My advice:

- Keep your money in the bank if it totals to less than $100,000. If it does, spread your money around. That is, put $10,000 in one bank, put $10,000 in another bank, etc.

- If you've been thinking of investing in the stock market: I can't say you shouldn't, but I wouldn't. Talk to a professional broker first.

- The above applies if you're already in the market.

- Pay off your credit cards NOW. You need cash, not a debt.

- If you have a job, hold onto it for dear life. If you don't, like me, it's going to be getting harder and harder to find one in the coming months unless the market corrects itself.

- Don't panic. Seriously, don't. Unless all your money is in stock...



I think this is no where near the end. We're in a recession. Fear for the worst, it's the equivalent of not getting your hopes up.

Hold on, for it will be a bumpy ride.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

"We didn't need no stinkin' bailout!"

At this time, Dow futures are down -175.

For the less informed, futures give us an idea of how a major markets (Dow Jones, NASDAQ, S&P 500, etc.) will start out the next day as soon as the market.

I'm predicting the Dow Jones Industrial Average will drop below 10,000 points by this Friday if not tomorrow.

Once again, Dow futures are down... oh, look at that... -190.

Tomorrow will be fun...

For future reference of my readers: http://money.cnn.com/data/premarket/
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Friday, October 3, 2008

"A plague o' both your houses!"

The $700 billion (or more!) screw-job passed today. The United States government has dropped the idea of free-market capitalism in place for federal-regulated socialism.

Apparently, when you add unimportant, irrelevant spending and revenue-losing tax breaks, more democrats and republicans will vote for it.

In short, I suggestion a new motto to be placed on the dollar bills the FED will print to pay for this mess:

"In Debt We Trust"


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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Senate Passes The Pork to The House

Politics as usual.

The U.S. Senate has just passed the "bailout bill", 74 to 25.

This bill has gone from 3 pages to over 400 pages after the House recently rejected this plan.

The difference: It has been stuffed to the brim with goodies for both the Left and Right. These goodies don't make it a 700 billion dollar piece of legislation anymore. This bailout will add another trillion to the country's debt.

My quesitons:

Who will pay for this debt?
How will this debt be paid?

Tax breaks remove revenue, thus, making the debt grow.

Obama voted "Yea". I'm disappointed.

Charles Schumer and Hilary Clinton also voted "Yea". I will not be voting for either of them once they're up for re-election.

Easiest way to make a Senator bend over: Throw them some pork.


Here's hoping the House is smart once again. I doubt it though.

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