Tuesday, September 21, 2010
What are the chances?
On my way back to work after lunch on Tuesday 9/21, I was riding on my 2009 Harley Davidson Dyna Fat Bob. It was an awesome late September day. We're talking big fluffy white clouds, deep blue sky, and a temperature around 85 F. I stopped to move a Gopher Tortoise out of the road, I hate seeing those beautiful critters crushed in the middle of the road. It happens more than it should around here and all it takes is a minute or two to help them on across the road. Anyway, about 5 minutes later, I was riding along on Mondon Hill Road outside of Brooksville, Florida; a stretch of road in West Central Florida. As I neared the set of sharp curves on Mondon Hill Road that curve around an old phosphate mine, I saw one of those large dragonflies (the ones that hurt awfully bad when they smack your face) hovering about eye level right in my lane, I didn't have time to swerve a little to miss him so I just ducked my head down about 6 inches. Right when I got to where the dragon fly should've been something slammed into the right side of my head, hitting mostly helmet and my ear; I wear a 3/4 helmet. It felt somewhat like a warm grapefruit only not juicy like a grapefruit would be, but about that weight. At first I thought someone had thrown something at me (a grapefruit) and I looked in the rearview to see if I could see anything. I slowed down enough to pull a quick u-turn and went back to see what I could find out . . .
Well, there was no one running away and nothing in the road, so I guess nothing was thrown at me. I walked down one side of the road about 20 feet then came back down the other side. There sitting in the grass on the side of the road was a VERY stunned and VERY juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk looking at me like he was trying to figure out what just happened. You know the "What th'?" look someone has after something happens unexpectedly and out of the blue? I walked closer toward him and he hopped away from me. Moving closer he hopped a few more times and then sort of flew to the cow pasture on the other side of the road. He appeared to be ok, considering.
So, I can only figure that this hawk was so zoned in on getting the dragon fly (which must've flown away after all this) that the hawk did not see my big butt coming down the road at 50 mph on my 2009 Fat Bob!!! Given the potential for all the bad that could've happened with this situation, I feel pretty good and I think the hawk does too. What kind of Karma was this for stopping to move the Gopher Tortoise out of the road? Had I not stopped for the Tortoise, the hawk would've gotten the dragon fly and we would not have collided . . . go figure!
I know, unbelievably funny, so go ahead and laugh, it's good for you and life is too short not to laugh and life is too long not to laugh, so, LAUGH darn ya', LAUGH!!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Everyone likes to go out to eat; who doesn't? Whether its breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it's usually fun and very relaxing to sit down, be waited on, and enjoy something tasty.
However, if you're trying to live a healthier lifestyle, and let's be honest here, LOSE WEIGHT; you have to keep track of everything you eat. Otherwise you're looking at a HUGE set back (usually) on your nutrition tracker and the subsequent NON-weight loss; the dreaded WEIGH-IN GAIN!!!!
A little simple planning before you go and you can sit, relax, and truly enjoy yourself. Most chain restaurants have their nutritional menu guides posted on their websites. Here are links to a couple of very popular chain restaurants nutritional menu guides . . .
Ruby Tuesday - www.rubytuesday.com/assets/menu/pdf/
Five Guys, Burgers & Fries - www.fiveguys.net/files/files/Nutriti
Keep in mind to read any fine print that may be on these guides . . . sometimes the entire meal at Ruby Tuesday is included in the overall calorie, fat, fiber, & sodium count (unfortunately, RT doesn't include PROTEIN on their nutritional counts) and their appetizer listing is PER SERVING which is 4 servings per appetizer . . . the fries at 5 Guys is per serving which is "about 1/2 of a regular order." Anyone that has been to 5 guys knows that a regular order of fries is HUGE and never the same size, so you must go on the high side when you add this to your nutrition tracker, that is if you are eating a whole 1/2 a “regular order” of fries there. You can always eat 1/2 the fries that will actually fit into the regular order cup, this will keep you on the lower side and you will still have plenty of fries to enjoy!
Additionally, ALWAYS ask for food unsalted at any restaurant you go to. That way you control (somewhat) the amount of sodium that is present in your food. I always take my Mrs. Dash Table Blend with me. This particular seasoning is especially good on veggies, potatoes, and rice. If at 5 guys you get the fries, use the malt vinegar that is usually available rather than salt and ketchup. This is an excellent alternative to ketchup (which is loaded with sodium and the dreaded HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP).
With regard to Ruby Tuesday, I was SHOCKED at the SODIUM LEVELS in all of their food. Yes, RT's has some [what would be considered] "LOW CAL/LOW FAT" meals, BUT (THE BIG BUT!!) is the sodium content. The item with the least amount of sodium is a PLAIN BAKED POTATO with 113 mgs of Sodium. If you ask for a PLAIN BAKED POTATO - UNSALTED since they salt the skins (with butter and sour cream on the side) and PLAIN (STEAMED & UNSALTED) SUGAR SNAP PEAS (use the butter from your potato if you have to have butter on them; they don't need it!) you can cut your sodium from your sides significantly. As far as RT's "FIT & TRIM CHOICES" again, check the entire Nutritional Menu Guide for what works best for you. Just as an example, the Petite Sirloin served with white cheddar mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli has the following listed on their nutritional guide . . . 561 cals, 32 g fat, 6 g fiber, 26 net carbs (32 g prior to deducting the fiber), and get this, a WHOPPING 2033 mgs OF SODIUM!!!!! That is nearly the recommended daily intake of sodium for an entire day for most people; FOR ONE MEAL!!!!
So, all I'm sayin' is, use the Nutritional Menu Guides available on most restaurant websites and PLAN YOUR MEAL BEFORE YOU GO so you won't go too far over your daily limits you have set for yourself.
It is possible to go out to eat and enjoy yourself, but, KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!!!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I just came across a website that could possibly make a difference world wide . . . what could we all possibly do that could make a difference world wide you say? Well, it can be done, Spark People as an example is making a difference world wide every single day!!! Thanks to Chris "The Spark Guy" Downie!!!!
While we all struggle to lose weight, gain health, and just learn to live better lives as better people, over 1 billion of us (that's a 1 with 9 zeroes . . . 1,000,000,000) across the globe are living their lives day to day in CHRONIC HUNGER. That means men, women, and CHILDREN throughout the world go to sleep hungry EVERY NIGHT wondering if they will have something to eat when they awaken the next morning.
Does anyone else find it a bit disturbing that here we sit with so much to eat we have to control what we eat in order to lose the weight we've gained from all of our EXCESSIVE EATING? I'm sure that all 1,000,000,000 of the starving dream of having the problem that we all have. Some of them have never known or experienced anything different, so how can they dream of something that to them doesn't exist?
This is a horrible situation that has brought tears to my eyes and to think how we take so very much for granted everyday!
I beg you to PLEASE go to the website
and submit your name on the petition that will be presented to the United Nations in October/November of 2010.
Please pass the word to all your family and friends!! Together, we can all make a difference to end this horrible situation across are global neighborhood!!!
Monday, August 09, 2010
Well, it's started! I took about 1 hour yesterday and organized my shoes and other things in the bottom of the closet . . . what a difference! I guess I should've taken a before and after picture of the bottom (floor) of my closet, the after picture would've been amazing!
Next up is the mid-section of the closet, which is all the hanging clothes; some that have been hanging untouched for 7 years (why do we do that?)! Then I'll attack the shelf above the clothes.
I suppose you could say my closet is on a diet!! I'm losing my excess weight, why shouldn't other things in my life do the same?
Thank you Spark People and the Organized Life Team, I feel like I'm not only getting a handle on my physical self, but my material self as well.
I've got a lot of cleaning out to do, but I see it as a real possibility now.
Monday, July 26, 2010
How many times have I heard this in the past 25 years; just in the past 3 weeks?
It seems as though I have been on every diet imaginable in those 25 years . . .The Original Atkins Diet, The Improved Atkins Diet, The New and Improved Atkins Diet, The Rotation Diet (Vanderbilt University), Richard Simmons Never Say Diet, The One Diet, Carb Lovers Diet, Sugar Busters, Fat Busters, Weight Watchers, Green Tea Diet, Body For Life Diet, Belly Off Diet, Hoodia, Metabolife, Hydroxycut, The blah blah blah diet, blah, blah, blah . . . some I can't even remember, I could go on and on, but I won't.
I'm sure there are lots of you out there that have done the same thing, constantly looking for THE DIET that will change you and everything about you and get you to your desired weight and keep you there. After [literally] 1/2 my life of searching for THE DIET, I realize now that it doesn't exist and never has. How much weight have I lost then regained in those 25 years? When I went to Coast Guard boot camp in 1978 I weighed 150 pounds, not obese, but considered overweight for my age and height. When I retired from the Coast Guard in 2004 I weighed 225 pounds which was overweight and considered obese, which is one of the reasons I retired.
Then, completely by accident, I discovered SPARK PEOPLE and THE SPARK a little over 3 weeks ago. I'm so glad that y'all found it too! In those three weeks, I have learned that I'm the only one that can change me and how I look at me from the inside and outside. It is within me to choose to live a healthy lifestyle and in turn lose weight and stay that way!
So, back to my original question that I am asked time and time again, "CAN YOU EAT THAT ON YOUR DIET?" Yes, I can! I can eat whatever I want; I just choose to stick with portion control and moderation. I know now that I was completely out of control in the past and now I choose to be in control. I control the food; the food no longer controls me. That's key to being successful in a healthy lifestyle, your being in control and your making the right choices in when, how, where, and what you eat. So whenever you are tempted by that bar of dark chocolate (little or no sugar and full of great micro nutrients), break off a piece no bigger than 1-2 grams (weigh it, that's how you stay in control), pop it in your mouth and savor it, let the flavor fill up your mouth and coat your tongue (stay with me, there is a point to this R rated description), then when it's fully melted, slowly swallow each and every bit. Then make sure you put it on your meal tracker and drink an extra glass of water. I find this satisfies any craving or desire I have for anything sweet (usually empty carbs). My point is, when in control I can eat 1 gram of the dark chocolate bar, when out of control (and the food was in control) I ate the whole ding dang bar! With me it used to be all or nothing. Now, it's a little bit which is better than all or nothing because I control it, it no longer controls me.
I hope this helps, and remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this!!! Check back for further discussion . . .
Keep on Sparkin'!
Scott / BBQTOFU
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