So your a little porky? Try a diet…..

My mother used to call it healthy, and friends would call it pleasantly plump. Today in a world of perfectly honed bodies of both mail and female Adonis, just where is the average person?

From South Beach, Atkins, Cambridge, you name it and its out there….. carb counting, veggie, lean, there is a minefield of options and almost as many warning labels on each one. So how can you loose weight and more importantly, keep it off?

Well, perhaps a better question may be, do you want to loose weight? Are you happy or not so happy with the way you look, feel, and getting about? Some are content being a little heavier. On the other hand, if you have huge rolls of blubber that takes on a life of its own, indicating the onset of an earthquake by the amplified vibrations through the skin long before it arrives, you may want to consider losing a pound or two.

We all know your friend, the one that can eat absolutely ‘anything’ never seen a gym, and you think has a perfect figure, eats everything and anything in sight never puts on a pound. Healthy right?…….. wrong…

Imagine you have two cars……. One that has excess power to spend all the time (you) and the other that is always running at max output (your friend). Same design same engine.

If that friend were living on the same calories as you, then that friend must have an inefficient body. You are storing the excess energy but the friend finds it adequate. Put it another way. If you (and your friend) lived on the calories your body requires your friend would feel hungry.

So I am gonna suggest something that has worked for me, not a scientific study you understand, just a personal observation. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionist, but I know what I need to live on.

The main thing here is that you still eat all the foods you like, just moderate them a little. That way you do not have to have a radical change in eating habits.

Start by taking a little time to find out about your habits. Write down every single thing that passes your lips for 4 weeks. Well maybe not everything that passes, lets change that to everything you digest.

I want a diet today you say? well you have been a fatty for a while, what the heck difference is 4 weeks gonna make?

There is the first reason a lot of people have trouble with diets “I want it NOW” This is probably the only bit of your life that needs rethinking. It is after all the reason you are reading this. I want it now…… turned into I am gonna eat it now, turned into, I wish I hadn’t.

So four weeks it is…..every single morsel you digest….every one.

My theory is if I put on 10lbs in a year, it stands to reason I could lose 10 lbs in a year. In this last year I have lost 34lbs or a little over a half pound a week. Not a lot if you want quick results, but taking it off at about the same rate you put it on would not be a shock to the system.

Things I like fall into many categories, and most are bad. I like ice cream, soft drinks (with my rum) bread, butter etc… I am not a healthy eater. Chocolate cannot stay within arms length for more than a minute. Custard creams I have had a passion for a long time, since I was a kid I think.

So what do we do? Well for starters take the first three items that have the highest calories on your list and make them a one a week item and rotate over a three week cycle.

Second take the next three items and dilute them down by 50%. For instance in my rum and coke, I used to have rum, top up with coke, now I add three cubes of ice first, effectively watering in down by 50%…….. so that two drinks from each can instead of one…….

Fried egg sandwiches are another favorite of mine……… butter and bread…. mmmmm so how do we water it down??? well now I only butter one slice, and instead of frying the eggs, I boil them and when in the sandwich you would never really be able to taste the difference as all the things you have been used to are still there.

Ice cream is another bad thing that I love……. but if instead of having a bowl of it, simply give yourself a spoonful after a meal (two at most) when you feel like it………

Custard Creams are a value of 55 cals per biscuit and I could eat the whole pack at one sitting, yes I know I am a pig……… instead just one with a cup of coffee, and I sit there looking at it for 5 mins first (yes sad isn’t it?)

So its a case of taking nothing out at all, just moderating all the bad stuff, but keep on having it…….. Well it worked for me!

And for those that need numbers look at it this way……..

1)    One pound equals 454 grams (decimal places aside, this is a fact);

2)    Fat has nine calories per gram (this is the universally accepted conversion, but it is an estimate and significantly rounded down from even the original estimate);

3)    Human fat tissue is approximately 87% lipid (this is a widely accepted conversion, but it is also an estimate).

Putting these together, we can derive the sum that 454 grams of body fat tissue has approximately the calorific energy of 395 grams of pure fat (454 grams x 87%), that is 3,555 calories (395 grams x 9).

So it follows that if you have 250 grams more than your body needs each day you will have 1lb extra at the end of two weeks…… or 25lbs at the end of one year.

So lets take a case in point………I was 199 lbs (what I weigh today) about 10 years ago. about two years ago I was about 239 so we had about 40lb in 8 years….or 40lb divided by 8 = 5lb per year X 3500 = 17500 cals per year divide this by 365 days and you get 48 cals per meal on average…… that’s all…… just 48 cals…….

So I wanted to take off a little faster ( 2 years ) which is four times less so 48 X 4 = 192 per ,meal.

But when numbers become more important to you than craving it is of some use……… feed the habit…. moderately……

 

The devil you Know?

Sometimes when you have to choose right or wrong, its simply not that easy and maybe even not possible, and when you persist and interfere you may only make matters so much worse.

On a local level take an example of a husband and wife having an upset. Your a braver man than I if you take sides. In international circles its a little more major, but none the less as basic.

None would argue that some countries need outside help, but at what point does that help become a hindrance to the general good of the country. The issue of what is good for international communities should never be a consideration.

Take for example Egypt. Ruled by Hosni Mubarak for some four decades and after interference of the West, resulting in the Arab Spring. But just what do we have today? One of the most unstable countries in the Middle East.

The Muslim Brotherhood swept to victory easily, only to be overthrown because they did not gauge and therefore misunderstood the will of the people. The Brotherhood took their overwhelming win in the elections as a mandate to impose a strict regime of Sharia law, thinking that is what the people wanted, when in fact they were simply showing their displeasure at the government.

The Arab Spring welcomed by so many, and yet so disappointing. To date, rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt (twice), Libya, and Yemen. Civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria; major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan;  and minor protests have occurred in Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Western Sahara, and the Palestinian Authority.

In Iraq we saw Saddam Hussein lead for some 24 yrs, and yes we did not agree with his methods or his principles, but do we have a country that was better than when we interfered? That is the real question that needs to be asked.

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (c. 1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician, and the  ruler of Libya for 42 years. Again not a leader we would ever choose but he provided a relative peace in Libya for many years.

It may be that there is a certain common interest of some international countries when it comes to their preferred leaders, but our ideas of what we believe as to what will be the effect of regime change has so far been hopelessly inadequate.

Sometimes its better the devil you know………..

Perspectives: Israel… Iran……The Great Satans

I once thought the best alternative for humanity was equality. What I know is that people and even nations are not equal. There are those with power and those without. If we examine the facts though, what do we get?

Israel wants Iran never to have nuclear weapons, and indeed Iran accepts this as part of the agreement when they joined the Non Proliferation Treaty.

The NPT is often seen to be based on a central bargain: “the NPT non-nuclear-weapon states agree never to acquire nuclear weapons and the NPT nuclear-weapon states in exchange agree to share the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology and to pursue nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals”

Israel does not have to worry about this as Israel does not belong to the treaty (signing not ratified).

Israel, once again is sabre rattling the war drums with Iran, and it seems that every time we hear from them they want war.

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

“Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”

Gone were the Israeli leader’s usual witty comments – although he is always an interesting orator. And gone was any new commitment or analysis of peace with the Palestinians.

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He goes on to say:

“The only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”

In fact there are other notable issues that the rest of the world adheres to, but Israel does not. For instance the countries that actually that admit to having nuclear weapons.

The five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT

United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China

Non-NPT nuclear powers

Pakistan, India, North Korea

And the remainder:

Undeclared nuclear powers

Israel

A policy of deliberate ambiguity (also known as a policy of strategic ambiguity) is the practice by a country of being intentionally ambiguous on certain aspects of its foreign policy or whether it possesses certain weapons of mass destruction. It may be useful if the country has contrary foreign and domestic policy goals or if it wants to take advantage of risk aversion to abet a deterrence strategy. Such a policy can be very risky as it may cause misinterpretation of a nation’s intentions, leading to actions that contradict that nation’s wishes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policy_of_deliberate_ambiguity

In this video of nuclear testing, it does not show testing for Israel, so either they have not tested, or another country has tested for them.

Nuclear testing: All countries

This is the position that Israel adopts, and one that must be considered detrimental to the group as a whole, but is accepted, not by nations as a whole but by the US, and forced on other nations as acceptable. The general acceptance appears to be at least in one respect, because the US refuses to ratify the agreement (and is the only main player not to do so).

Israel for their part use this as a basis as to why they need not even acknowledge actually having a weapon at all even though they have approximately 100-200 weapons.

Iran for their part is a full party to the NPT, and claims that the moving of goal posts by inspectors inspired by the US, is unethical, and for the most part have stayed within the confines of legislation, and do not have nuclear weapons. Israel do not, and will not let arms inspectors into the country.

The obvious problem here is that a member of the NPT is not only being penalized for being a member, it is also being threatened by countries in and outside the NPT, which cannot instill confidence in the system.

If there is one thing that would motivate Iran to actually go to the step of making an atomic bomb, and have full capability of delivery, may be the constant threats of attack by other nations. or even an attack itself.

Seriously, Don’t Use Krokodil

Seriously, Don’t Use Krokodil

These photos will turn your stomach. Krokodil is a street version of desomorphine, an opiate that’s 3 times more powerful and 10 times cheaper than heroin, and has become an epidemic in Russia. It’s so named because regular users develop gangrenous, scaly skin resembling that of a crocodile. Krokodil is made with such toxic chemicals that it rots the flesh and bones of its users. WARNING: Extremely graphic images.

 

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It’s easy to focus on the sensational aspects of the emerging krokodil “flesh-rotting drug” story, but that ignores the most troubling issues around its origins, its popularity and its continued use. Krokodil is the street term for a home-made injectable opioid called desomorphine, a drug with effects similar to, but not as long lasting, as heroin. Desomorphine was first patented in the U.S. in 1932, but the homemade version has risen in popularity in Russia in recent years. Desperation often breeds tragedy and disaster, and Russia’s shoddy methods of treating their sick and addicted created the desperation that led to the disastrous popularity of krokodil.

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Another Fairy Story

“The Godmother told Cinderella  to enjoy the ball, but warned that she had to return before midnight, when the spells would be broken. The bell struck 12 and poor Cinderella ran from the ball, her evening gown changed to rags, and nothing but one slipper remained.”

Well the bell has rung, the ball has ended, and today we are stuck with the two ugly sisters that cannot agree. The government shutdown has begun at a couple of minutes to twelve, when authority for government spending ran out.

There has to be an alternative way to run government business. The last time a government shutdown occurred was in 1995. That shutdown cost much more than the total sums involved.

One ugly sister insists any new spending include provisions to either defund, derail or otherwise chip away at Obamacare. The other ugly sister is just as insistent that it doesn’t.

Just whom suffers in this situation? well not the President, as, his salary is deemed essential. Not the House or senate members who are responsible for the event, as they too will be paid! The person who suffers is the people, who have had no voice in the issue and are least likely to be able to afford the loss.

Prosecutors will not be in, if you want a passport you will not get it, or perhaps you have been planning that visit to a national park, its likely you will find that gate securely bolted.

No doubt tomorrow the 1st October when the house returns at 9.30 am there will be a flurry of activity to see if the rags that Cinderella wears can be salvaged, and even with this effort, the last shutdown fresh in the minds of many, which lasted five weeks.

This shutdown has happened because alternative agendas prevail, and the house are the last people on the planet that may be bothered by it effects.

The eventual result actually matters little, as, on the 17th October (another issue, remotely connected but equally as controversial), is the more important (and in more ways than one, the actual nucleus and primary target) of increasing the national debt of $16.699 trillion, which the government has maxed out.

Today is the start of a very rough month for both ugly sisters who cannot agree, and consistently blame each other for the calamity that now befalls them.

Our Prince charming Obama it would seem, has had more luck these past weeks with wooing sworn enemies such as  Syria and Iran than he been able drum up in the senate.

“The Prince pocketed the slipper and vows to find and marry the girl to whom it belonged.”

Which is infinitely easier with that elusive glass slipper, than it is with the representatives of the United States of America!

Boy With Down Syndrome, Melts Our Hearts

This is a dog called Himalaya. She’s refusing to give up on a toddler who doesn’t want to play.

Little Hernán, from Buenos Aires, has Down Syndrome, which, according to comments posted by his mom Ana, causes him to shy away from physical contact.

But Himalaya is persistent and gentle, and Hernán ends up giving her what looks like a hug around the 3:12 mark.

We’ve been watching it on repeat.