Friday, April 30, 2010

Hooters!

The little woman likes to doodle on occasion, and she made me this nice set of hooters today.



She also drew these cute sheep being naughty playing leap frog

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Atkins Journey

I’ve always been a larger person, and I’ve always known it. I would get teased at school for being the fat kid, and it did do some damage to me mentally but luckily I stopped caring how people felt about me. I was never much into sports so I couldn’t do that to help myself lose weight, but I would try to eat healthier. I remember that during high school I would try and do Weight Watcher with my mom, but I normally failed at that because I was greatly restricting myself, and I still felt crappy. My mom had also done Atkins on and off over the years and when I was younger I always thought it was weird because all I saw her eat was eggs and meat.

As I was about to move away to University I started reading up on Atkins and I realized that I had many misconceptions about it, which most people do. “Atkins is just meat”, “No Carb Diet”, etc, etc, etc… I’ve heard so many people say those kinds of things, and when I ask where they learned it I normally find out they haven’t read Dr. Atkins book, but they saw someone doing the diet (most likely they were doing it wrong). I moved down to school about a month before it started, and from the get go I was on Atkins, working out, and trying to be very conscious about my health. I felt great!!! Not only did I start losing weight, but my headaches stopped, and I had more energy. In the course of the next year I got within about 30 lbs of my goal weight, which much sound like a lot of weight but it wasn’t that much seeing that I had lost like 75 lbs already. At school I also started developing a relationship with a wonderful woman online, we got engaged, and I was so excited to get married. In preparation for getting married and moving down to the USA I sold my house, and moved back home to live with my mom. I have to say that planning a wedding can be a little stressful, and with us I also had to go throught the stress of immigration.

I tried a few times to get back on Atkins but I never really stuck to it, and I found my self eating extremely large amounts of food. Some days I would eat more then others, but this is what I found myself eating on a weekend when I had nothing to do but eat:
Breakfast
McDonald's Sausage McMuffin x 2
McDonald's Hash Browns x 2
McDonald's Breakfast - Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles™

Lunch
Totinos Hamburger Party Pizza x 2
Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Mesquite BBQ - Half a large bag
Ben & Jerry's One Cheesecake Brownie - 1 Pint

Dinner
Subway 12" Meatball Marinara
Subway White Macadamia Nut Cookie x 2
Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Mesquite BBQ - Half a large bag

Total
Calories: 6,890
Fat: 363g
Carbs: 717g
Fiber: 33g
Net Carbs: 684g

I ballooned up to 385 lbs, suffered from awful blood sugar related headaches, nausea/heartburn from a hiatal hernia, little to no energy, and I had to start buying fat clothes, which is probably what made me really start thinking about my weight. Finally I decided to get back on the Atkins wagon, and this time it would be easier because my wife decided to join me. We cleansed the house of all the carb laden foods, and I became the Atkins Chef and my wife’s Atkins Obi Wan Kenobi. We both started losing weight, feeling better, and we were eating so much healthier. This is what I was normally eating on a typical Atkins day:
Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Lunch
Turkey Sandwich on Julian Bakery Low Carb Bread

Dinner
Grilled Chicken Breast
Broccoli and Cheese

Snack
Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Almonds
Cheese

Total
Calories: 1,780
Fat: 88g
Carbs: 47g
Fiber: 31g
Net Carbs: 16g

Currently I’ve lost 42lbs and I am continuing to work towards my goal of 220lbs, which means I've only got 123lbs to go. Wish me luck!

Can't cut your own butter?

For those of you who can't cut their own butter, now you have the butter cutter!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Sandwhich

When I remembered that the theme for this week was sandwiches I knew I wouldn't be able to help posting about the new KFC Double Down. "The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken fillets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterrey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce. This product is so meaty, there's no room for a bun!" (KFC)Bread, who needs bread? Mmmmmmmm I love meat. Well now you can have your meat, with more meat inside accompanied by cheese and yummy sauce. It' not the healthiest sandwich, which is show by the nutritional information:

KFC Original Recipe® Double Down
Calories: 540
Fat (g): 32
Sodium (mg): 1380

According to the Mayo Clinic "Most recommend not exceeding the range of 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) a day for healthy adults." So you probably want to stay away from this if you have a blood pressure issue, but what a way to die, DEATH BY DOUBLE DOWN! I guess it's not that bad compared to some other things you can buy at fast food joints. I found this chart on Geekologie today and it shows how many Double Downs are in your food:



I let myself cheat on my diet a little bit while our friend has been staying with us, but once I'm back on Atkins this will be perfect in the grilled form. So head to your local KFC and check this out.

Next week join me for the theme of Latin Food.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I've Got The Clap

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tribute to doing it wrong

I've always loved how infomercials and commercials always show people having trouble doing the simplest tasks. You know what I'm talking about... It's all black and white, they are making over exaggerated motions trying to do something like put on their shoes. Well this nifty video on You Tube is a tribute to those moment. I LOVE IT!

An FSM Sighting



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Salty Snacks

There are sooooo many choices for salty snacks, but I've always love the mix of savory and sweet that comes with Nestle's Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I don't know why, but I love to suck the chocolate of and then eat the pretzel. Ok I have to stop this because I am getting hungry!

Join me next week for the theme sandwiches.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama: Give Gay Couples Hospital Visiting Rights

I am so happy to see that something good has come from this tragic event. I'm hoping it's a sign of good things to come regarding gay rights in the United States.

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners. The President's order was apparently inspired in part by the case of a woman who fell into a coma at Miami's Ryder Trauma Center, while her life partner was made to stay in a waiting room.

The order, quietly issued by the Obama administration while the President was visiting Miami Thursday, directs that hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds must allow visitation and health care decisions to be left to patients. Mr. Obama points out in his order that it does not exclusively benefit same-sex partners, but that gays and lesbians are "uniquely affected… often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives."

The order, quietly issued by the Obama administration while the President was visiting Miami Thursday, directs that hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds must allow visitation and health care decisions to be left to patients. Mr. Obama points out in his order that it does not exclusively benefit same-sex partners, but that gays and lesbians are "uniquely affected… often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives."

In 2007, Lisa Pond of Seattle had just boarded a cruise ship in Miami with her partner of 18 years, Janice Langbehn, and the couple's adopted children when Pond fell ill. She was rushed to Jackson Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where Langbehn was not permitted to visit with her. Langbehn claimed that a Jackson Hospital social worker told her that "this is a anti-gay city, an anti-gay state and you're not going to see your partner, period."

Langbehn said that even after she produced a power of attorney given her by Pond, she was denied visitation. Pond lapsed into a coma and died the next day. Langbehn said she was finally allowed to be at her bedside as last rights were administered. Langbehn sued Jackson Hospital. The case was thrown out of court.

Langbehn said she got a call from the White House Thursday. "A staff member came on and asked if I could hold a moment for the President. I said, 'Of course I can hold a moment for the President!'"

"He (President Obama) started out by saying 'I know of your story and I know about Lisa's death, and I'm so sorry for how you were treated,'" Langbehn told KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Jackson has denied any discrimination based on sexual orientation. In a letter to President Obama Friday, hospital officials wrote, "Jackson has always been inclusive of the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community." The hospital said that the nurse in charge of Lisa Pond's care the night she was admitted, and who made all visitation decisions regarding Bond's case, "is herself a lesbian with a life partner."

The hospital said the decision to delay visitation was made solely based on medical considerations. "Our first priority... is always to stabilize the patient and save their life," the hospital's letter said.

The changes in federal rules directed by President Obama would allow patients to designate any individuals as permitted visitors, including them in documents - such as advance directives - that have legal force when a patient is in a coma or otherwise unable to communicate. (SOURCE)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How Fairy Tales Really End

This is one of the fun emails that I had forwarded to me at work. So funny!






Signs & Bumper Stickers

It's been a while since I've posted a sign or bumper sticker, but I thought I should clear out the pictures I've collected on my phone. This first one was taking in the Chili's Parking Lot:



The next two were on the same car... I think someone is a swimmer:




Nothing says sexy like lady pirates!



Well I guess it's even because Atheists don't believe in God :)



I'll keep my comments to myself...

Tasty Tuesday - Fruit

When I was trying to think of an interesting fruit post I remembered a great fruit I got to try on a school trip to Australia. One of the parents of the billeting family I stayed with in New Castle was headed to the store and I got to tag along. In the produce in section I saw Rambutan aka the "hairy fruit" and my host family thought my reaction to the little fruit was amusing so they let me buy it. Not only was it fun to look at but the meat inside the fruit was very tasty. It was fun to be able to try a fruit that wasn't your everyday apple, or orange.

Check back next week for the theme of Salty Snacks.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekly Secret

This is my weekly choice from Post Secret.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Your Choice (Dog Food)

This week with Tasty Tuesday you get to choose ANYTHING to post. Yeah you heard me, ANYTHING!!! Since I talk about my animals so often, and they are like my children I decided to post about what I feed my dogs.

There are so many dog foods out there, and most people know nothing about the ingredients of these foods. When the little woman and I got our Boxer puppy Bo we did lots of research on what dog food to feed him, and I found a great site called Dog Food Analysis, which includes good break down of the quality of ingredients, and an explanation why certain things are bad. Looking at a food like Hill's Science Diet Puppy Growth Small Bites you would think that it's a great quality food because that's what many vets sell, but I would disagree. The first ingredient in this food is Ground Whole Grain Corn, which might be good for tortilla chips, but I don't think dogs would be eating corn in the wild. According to Dog Food Analysis, "Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems." The next ingredient is a chicken by-product meal which is "meat", but this explanation given by Dog Food Analysis makes me wonder why we would want to feed this to our animals:

It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


After filtering through all these awful food reviews I found a great brand of food called Blue Buffalo. A Wikipedia article on "The Blue Buffalo Company" gives some great info:

The Blue Buffalo Company is a maker of natural food for dogs....Blue Buffalo also referred to as "Blue" is a family owned company and was created as a result of the owners' Airedale, Blue, contracting cancer. A formula was developed with human grade ingredients such as real chicken, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and a blend of nutrients and antioxidants. Blue Buffalo uses ingredients such as whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, rye, oatmeal, potato flour, tomato pomace, whole carrots, whole sweet potatoes, ground flaxseed, alfalfa, herring oil, sea salt, menhaden fish meal, and barley grass. The company does not use animal by-products, corn, wheat, or soy as do many other holistic or natural food manufacturers.


The little woman and I settled on Blue Buffalo Fish & Sweet Potato, which our dogs enjoy, and it helps reduce the noxious fumes doggy gas.

Let me know what you've chosen to post about for this weeks edition of Tasty Tuesday, and join us next week with a post about fruit.