Explorer has been adding obnoxious ads of big breasted women, rotting teeth and cigarettes to my page. No thanks. I don’t want what you’re peddling. Ever think of trying actually add beauty to the world instead of shock?
24 May 2013 2 Comments
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07 May 2013 1 Comment
It’s week two of this, Alternate Day Fasting (a.k.a. Intermittent Fasting). Last week I fasted on Sunday and then Thursday. It wasn’t a complete success because I was going to fast on Wednesday, but I just got tempted so I changed my second day to Thursday. Last week was a weird week because I worked on Sunday and had Monday – Wednesday off. I just think if I don’t have to work, eating will be more of a temptation – at least by dinnertime.
Tuesday I have a good schedule for my fasts. I teach from 8-10am then again from 2:30 to 4:30pm. I can skip breakfast easily enough and if I get a 400-500 calorie lunch, I’m okay for the afternoon. Then I can take it easy in the evening and go to sleep early if hunger gets to be too much, as it has.
Thursday seemed harder because I teach from 8 to noon. So the afternoon’s wide open for temptation. As far as my teaching schedule goes Friday would be a better day as it’s just like Tuesday, but Friday is typically a night to go out with friends. I may need to fast on Sundays.
Today I’ve been pretty good. I did eat some radish balls for a small supper as it’s really hard to miss dinner completely. I recall I had fruit for dinner last week.
It’s interesting how this challenges me. It’s a more intense challenge than say cutting out a food group, but because its short term and intense, I think it’ll work. I can tell myself that tomorrow I can have some chocolate or whatever. I’m not going to weigh myself the first month because this change isn’t about weight, though that wouldn’t be a bad side effect. It’s about avoiding cancer and dementia, which seem to be caused by the American diet.
02 May 2013 1 Comment
I just deleted this comment: Great words here.
Okay, there are lots of great words in English and loads of other languages.
28 Apr 2013 6 Comments
Tuesday I finished watching PBS‘ Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley. It’s a documentary that shows Mosley exploring how changes in diet can dramatically reduce our chances of heart troubles, cancer and dementia. Mosley’s engaging and informative, an Everyman searching for a workable diet.
He gets several medical tests that confirm that although he looks to be in what we consider good shape, he’s on the way to needing loads of pills a day to stave off heart disease, diabetes, cancer and/or dementia. Wanting none of that, he meets expert researchers who’re discovering that lower calorie intake can help one avoid these conditions. Two of the three approaches are quite tough, cutting calorie intake by about a third and fasting for four days at a stretch a few times a year. He tried the four day fast and it was really tough, as you’d expect.
Intermittent fasting sounded quite doable for me and I’ve embarked on it. Yesterday was my first fast day. No breakfast, a lunch of three cabbage baozi and a banana. Throughout the day I had as much tea as I wanted. I did feel quite hungry and my head felt weird as the day went on. It wasn’t a headache, per se, but a sensation. Like Mosley, I’m going to try to fast 2 times a week. It’s easier, I think, to get through a 36 hour stretch with little food, none of it loaded with protein or fat, than to swear off a food group or go for several days or a week without a substantial meal. I can choose to fast on a day when I don’t need to be particularly active.
I don’t need to lose a lot of weight, but I’m concerned about cancer and such. I do try to eat lots of vegetables and fruit, and scale down on dairy, processed foods, meat and poultry. Yet, swearing off cheese or chocolate, for example, just ain’t gonna work. I do see this method working with my social life. It’s easier to say no to the occasional invitation to eat out, then to impose my restrictions on a hostess or group. It’s also easier to manage temptation this way, I think.
We’ll see where this takes me.
- Forthcoming study explores use of intermittent fasting in diabetes as cardiovascular disease (eurekalert.org)
- Eat, Fast and Live Longer (guardian.uk)
- Fasting Helps Keep Diabetes, Heart Disease at Bay (medindia.net)
- Why Fasting Two Days A Week Makes You Healthier (businessinsider.com)
- Intermittent fasting can help keep diabetes and heart disease at bay (indiavision.com)
- Exploring use of intermittent fasting in diabetes as cardiovascular disease (examiner.com)
21 Apr 2013 3 Comments
I’ve had several spam comments lately. They all consist of 3 – 5 very general complimentary sentences that sound like they’re either written by a computer or someone who doesn’t know English or human communication very well.
Has anyone else had this problem?
05 Mar 2013 1 Comment
Why is it that now on WordPress any post with a YouTube video starts playing? I liked it much better when a reader had to choose to start one. Now it seems they all begin and there’s a calliope, a total nuisance.
I’ll have to stop including YouTube videos and remove those already posted on the front page.
14 Jan 2013 Leave a Comment
Ahh, the house was abuzz as everyone quickly prepared for Edith’s wedding to the older Sir Anthony. What are my thoughts? Well, there will be spoilers below, so don’t say you weren’t warned. Here’s my 2 cents on an episode that kept me rivetted:
- I’m wondering if Mrs. Hughes really is well or if she just hated all the fuss and told Mrs. Patmore she was.
- Why didn’t Mrs. Levinson stay for Edith’s wedding? Was there some previous engagement? Isn’t she aware of Edith’s feelings of inferiority to Mary and therefore sensitive to the fairness of staying on? If she doesn’t like Downton, she could have gone to London or the Lake District to take in the sights and then returned to see Edith wed.
- I did think Shirley MacLaine was poorly used last week. She sparred nicely with Violet, but that could have been better and she was one dimensional as the Yank who believes in change. She had few scenes with her daughter, which was weird. I wanted to know how Cora could be so different from her mother Martha. They seemed like acquaintances, not relatives, let alone mother and daughter. Very odd.
- I’d glad the money issue will work out. I wasn’t ready to give up Downton and I’m like Mary in that I see the Countess of Grantham as living in Downton Abbey.
- I hope someone divests Daisy of her fascination with fast women. It’s not her character and so she’s on thin ice. Trouble looms, my dear, when you stray from your true self.
- There was a fair amount with the prison and Bates. It’s not looking good, but at least he was tipped off about the knife his cellmate planted.
- What will O’Brien do to Thomas? He best be careful as she’s shrewd.
- Edith will need to find something to do, something noble. Stop all this spinster talk. Mary was older when she married.
- Sir Anthony, how could you? it’s one thing for a hobbledehoy to jilt a bride at the altar with all her family and friends watching, with thousands spent for delicacies and libation, and quite another for a grown man. You’re no school boy and we all expect more character from a gentleman!
- Downton Abbey, Season 3 Begins (meetcute3.wordpress.com)
- ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Lady Mary Plots To Save Downton (hollywoodlife.com)
- Thoughts on Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 1 (smkelly8.com)
- Downton Abbey Recap: No Way to Treat a Lady (tvline.com)
- Downton Abbey Season 3: Episode 2 on Masterpiece Classic PBS – A Recap & Review (austenprose.com)
- Downton Abbey Cast (todaysmama.com)
- Want To Get Married Downton Abbey Style? It’ll Cost You (refinery29.com)
- Downton Abbey Season 3 premiere: Lord Grantham paying the price for … – Toronto Star (thestar.com)
- Downton Abbey for newbies: A primer ahead of the Season 3 premiere (arts.nationalpost.com)
- How Lady Edith Could Get Her Groove Back (marycastillo.wordpress.com)
04 Jan 2013 6 Comments
I usually don’t do the Daily Post Prompts, but this one appealed to me. Yesterday the prompt asked bloggers to share quotations that spoke to them.
The quotation that is foremost in my mind, that I use whenever prompted to add a quote to a profile is Daniel Burnham‘s “Make no little plans, they have no power to stir men’s blood.” I choose to cast aside the possible sexism figuring that Burnham was a product of the 19th century and to uplifted by the exhortation to think and act big, to imagine and shoot for the crazy, the different, and go beyond the ordinary. To think different, as Apple suggests.
From the Bible, I also really like Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.
I think this encapsulates a lot, not all, that we’re asked to do in life.
How ’bout you? What quotes inspire you the most?
04 Jan 2013 1 Comment
"A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs who never knew one another.