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Saturday, February 12, 2011

I weighed in this morning down 2 1/2 pounds, so I would be in leeway by a pound, the same as last Tuesday. Now all I need to do is at least hold my own through Thursday night and I'll be OK. That's a little surprising because yesterday I took the BW and Jack to lunch at the local IHOP. I had the "all you can eat pancakes" with just eggs and hash browns, but the first round came with just two pancakes. Then you get groups of three, rated at 440 calories, each time you ask for more. Fortunately, I was stuffed by the original serving.

Today I got to Nelson's to start loading by 6:30, and had to use a flashlight to see to unlock the door. It was 40 degrees according to the my thermometer, and miserably clod. We fed a lot of people for the Children's Hospital at Calvary Chapel, but I'm sure there weren't 300 people there. There were a lot, but we had too much food left over to have had 300.

After we cleaned up I brought all of the pancake batter equipment and most of the serving tools and trays home to wash. The sausage trays were a bear, but I got them all clean and back to Nelson's by 1:30. We had as many of the old Tarpon Springs Kiwanis as of our original club there, plus one of the winter visitors, who is from an Ohio club.

When things slowed down Papuga was talking about the school system's actions to play position for the coming budget cuts, and Dan was making his own comments. They both were lamenting that no one would listen to them, and I threw in that before I retired, no one would listen to me either, and I got fairly high up in a small part of the Navy. Then I told them that not only would people not listen to you, but you have to watch out for malicious obedience.

I was a deputy director for the Manufacturing department at the time, which had 1100 people, three year's worth of backlog, and all of it released for manufacturing. As a result, everyone was scrambling over everyone else, and everything was late. A key problem was that every function maintained about 30 to 45 day's worth of backlog. That kept the managers comfortable because they knew they wouldn't run out of work, but when that backlog was used up, that much more work would have shown up and the same backlog would be there. If you have 20 steps in a product's manufacture, it takes the normal work time plus 20 to 30 months to make the item. That explains why the average spare part promised delivery schedule was 18 months, and the actual delivery time was 24 months.

The malicious obedience was when I told the branch chief of chip turning (machining) that I wanted to get rid of his backlog. He claimed that if he speeded up, the heat treat guy wouldn't be able to keep up. I told him that he should let the guy in charge of heat treating figure out how to keep up with his improved cycle time.

The next Monday, I got a call from heat treat - went down to look, and not only was the heat treat area full, but there was a line about 200 feet long of five foot high stacks of machined parts on carts stretching down the hall. Machining had put everyone on overtime all week, plus worked Saturday and Sunday to get rid of the backlog. I hadn't intended to get rid of a permanent problem in one week, and chip turning didn't ask how fast I wanted it done. I was talking about a permanent change in operations, and he was talking about a one time event.

It was either my fault, his fault, or the fact that everyone lives in his own world. You have to be really careful how you tell someone what you want them to do. If you assume too much you will probably not get what you hope for.

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REDSHOES2011 2/13/2011 7:56AM

    Hang in there, great to hear you lost weight..

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MRDPOLING 2/13/2011 7:53AM

    Congradulations on the continued weightloss! You are doing GREAT!

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MS.ELENI 2/12/2011 11:56PM

    I try to never assume anything. I know you have heard the meaning of "ass u me".
Glad to hear you got the weight down.
Have a great Sunday.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/12/2011 8:31PM

    Ain't it the truth! As a teacher, I am constantly reminded that the instructions I give need to be clear to every one. And I must not assume they understand, I have to get them to demonstrate that they understand. I am repeatedly surprised by the way simple instructions can be misunderstood and in ways I would never have imagined.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 2/12/2011 7:03PM

    Malicious obedience. I'll have to remember that one. It sounds like a good way to get back at someone and not get in trouble.

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TWOTIMESS 2/12/2011 4:56PM

I loved this - reminded me of computer operations. Deadlines were met, but at a heck of a cost! And then the finished printouts would sit in the loading bay for a week before anyone from the client would fetch them. The guys were on permanent overtime and my budget was blown every year.

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Wish Me Luck

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I weighed in this morning at one pound less than last week. I was up 3.5 pounds Monday morning, down 2.5 Tuesday, so still within leeway by a pound, but Tuesday lunch and night, Wednesday three times around, plus a few beers in between did the trick. Today looks pretty good, but I need to hit it this week.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/11/2011 9:23AM

    Best of luck and success to you! You're an experienced savvy watcher of nutrition so I know you can do it. And you have a major support group on your side.


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MRDPOLING 2/11/2011 3:22AM

    Good Luck for the Day,

May Success come Your Way,

May Your Day Be Full of Fun,

May You Impress Everyone,

May You get No Stress,

May You be Blessed with Happiness,

May God give Your Grace,

May You Keep a Smiling Face,

May Your Wishes come True,

May You Enjoy whatever You Do,

And At Last I would say,

May You Have a Beautiful Day !

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MS.ELENI 2/10/2011 10:29PM

    You will do it. I know you will. emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 2/10/2011 10:19PM

    One's weight can sure fluctuate from day to day. Sounds like it ought to average out. emoticon

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Holding My Own

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This morning I weighed in at the same weight as yesterday, which is still good to keep me in leeway next Thursday. I'm about to leave for Venice, FL, and will be partying hard for Sunday through Wednesday night. If I'm still at this weight Thursday it will be a total aberration (for my history) but I'll give it a try.

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MS.ELENI 2/6/2011 6:40PM

    It will be hard for you to party and not gain weight.But if anyone can do it you can emoticon

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MRDPOLING 2/6/2011 6:10PM

    I have stopped weighing in daily. I am about once a month give or take a week. I've found my clothes a better judge that the scale.

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    Sounds like a blast. Enjoy it. You'll have plenty of time to erase any gains when you get back. emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/6/2011 1:21PM

    Enjoy your trip to Venice! Party on!

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TWOTIMESS 2/6/2011 1:08PM

We'll be rooting for you! By the way, my lemon tree (planted this season) has started budding! Although it means we're facing winter soon, I'm so excited!

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More Progress

Saturday, February 05, 2011

This morning I weighed in two pounds lower than I did yesterday, so I only have another two pounds to go in the next five days to get back to "normal," which is something I can't accurately define. I actually weighed the same last Thursday, but lost a couple of pounds during the day. I did do a lot of eating at supper and afterward, but it was food I prepared.

There is one woman in Michigan who has snow drifts burying her house - 15 feet out in front and 8 feet in back of the house, with just the mailbox lid and flag showing. I would feel guilty complaining that it has been raining most of the day - not very hard but constantly. The blossoms are about all gone from the peach tree - for a while it looked as if some branches were going to turn into a cluster like the grapes make. If they do that again the branches are going to break.

I did take pictures of the grape vines this morning, starting with the first red and going down the line. Here they are.

As you can see, the first red was the biggest vine, with the first bud, first leaf, and a huge shoot sticking up now. It shot up about three inches yesterday morning, and a bunch more today. The smallest and slowest is the second red, which has only two leaves so far and no runner at all yet.

The peach tree has shed most of the blossoms - the petals are covering the ground under it, but the leaves are springing out to get on with the new season. It looks like this how:

Because of the rain I walked on my manual treadmill. It is much more demanding that the sidewalk because I have to bend forward to make it run and I worked up a sweat after only 10 minutes. It gets my heart rate up too. It's more than just walking uphill because of the bending, so it seems to be more of a strain on my legs. I think it might be an improvement of outdoors if I can get used to it.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 2/6/2011 11:07AM

    Keep us posted on the progress of your grapes. We've been frozen in for 6 days here. Am really missing Florida right now.

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MRDPOLING 2/5/2011 7:19PM

    I was thinking the same thing as MROSE721. Next thing you know, you'll be growing a beanstalk to the Giants Castle!

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MS.ELENI 2/5/2011 5:55PM

    Your grape vines are looking good. A manual treadmill is hard.

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TWOTIMESS 2/5/2011 3:55PM

Great news about the weight loss. The vines look nice and healthy, the rain is a blessing.

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MROSE721 2/5/2011 3:53PM

  wow got quiet the little orchard going there, is it that warm there?

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A Bit of Hope

Friday, February 04, 2011

When I got up this morning I weighed in 3.5 pounds lighter than I did yesterday morning. I didn't do anything to make it happen, so it must have been a lack of sodium from salt, soy sauce, baking soda, baking powder, MSG, sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, etc. I really didn't do anything to drop that three and a half pounds. I just hope it continues.

The carpet looks like it was just laid. It's too bad we didn't have it cleaned before the company, but on the other hand Annie and Jerzy dripped a lot of things on it, and I still haven't got the stove as clean as it was before they got here. Maybe it was just as well.

I took Jack to lunch today, and my lunch was just two Michelobes. I'm hoping for another loss tomorrow morning. If I get one, I can claim that it was because I ate less, but the two beers substituted for a nice lunch. I'm not sure, but I think I'm spoiled.

While the BW was gone this afternoon, I started a pot of soup. I had to use our largest soup pot because I used three pounds of carrots, a bunch of celery, three pounds of onions, a few garlic cloves, a pound and a half of smoked turkey wing, a couple of bay leaves, and a couple good shakes of crushed red pepper from a large container. No salt. It's on the stove now, and in about an hour I'll fish the turkey out, discard the skin and bones, and dice the meat before throwing it back in. Then I'll have to cool it down. I would have put in a cup or two of barley, but the BW is avoiding barley. She plans to avoid certain foods, one at a time, and see if that makes any difference to her digestion.

All four grape vines seem to be growing, so it looks as if I'll be putting up a grape arbor. I just hope they don't all catch some terrible disease after it's up. The Concord grapes were like a weed, but they won't grow down here.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 2/5/2011 8:30AM

    You'll have to report in on tomorrow's weight. I want to know if the two-beer lunch works. Sounds like a great diet plan to me.

I showed a slight weight gain this morning. I'm thinking it was the pizza that I had for dinner last night. I stayed within my calorie limits but the fat content was high for the day. I would suppose that the sodium count was up as well.

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MS.ELENI 2/4/2011 10:01PM

    I thought it might be sodium.Glad the weight is down today. You and I sure make a lot of soup. emoticon

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    Sounds like my pattern from time to time. The only commonality I can trace back to is the sodium intake. Nothing to worry about.

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MRDPOLING 2/4/2011 6:38PM

    I have found that big day to day gains and losses can be connected with my bowel moves. If I see an over night gain or lose of 1-3 pounds I stop and think back to my bathroom activites of the previous day(s).

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TWOTIMESS 2/4/2011 6:37PM

    If beer aids weight-loss... Happy days! LOL! Your turkey/veg soup sounds great!

I'm planning some vine planting in July this year - my MIL is begging for some grapes. I still need to investigate what will grow here (frosty winters & all-round great weather, even in winter).

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