Starting to see daylight.
I had another meeting at work yesterday and was assured that I'm not in the doghouse, am considered an important team member, and in no jeopardy of loosing my job. I was able to voice some needs of my own and think that I've turned the corner on making an adjustment to the disruptive changes that seem to have piled up so quickly. For one thing I'm really liking the days I can work 11 to 8. Yesterday I got in a 23 mile bike trip before work, and today a 3 mile jog. This was the first time in over a year I did a 3 mile jog with no walk breaks or rests. I feel like I'm starting to get some fitness back. I've also dropped from 188 to 181 on the South Beach diet so far in 10 days. I've got 18 year old boys at work trying to see if they can do as many chin ups as the old guy! Sorry I don't have time to write the witty analytical political commentary of the past few months right now, but wanted to keep anyone interested up to date on my life. My mom flies in Monday for my son's wedding on the 20th. Maybe after that hectic time is over...
David Blaine [9:33 AM]
South Beach Diet
Have you heard of this? The book is a best seller, but more people have heard about it from magazine articles and television shows. I recommend buying and reading the book. This is the best diet book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books about diet and exercise. The Dr. who wrote this was not looking for a diet to make his patients thin, he was working with heart disease and wanted to find a diet that reversed bad cholesterol, high blood pressure and high triglycerides. When he developed that diet, he found it also brought about successful weight loss. He was his own guinea pig in the beginning. I have been on this diet for 5 days and lost 6 pounds, and I am not grossly overweight. I am one of those trying to ditch that last 10-15 pounds.
This is not a diet about starving yourself, in fact their are no portion guidelines and no counting. It is a diet about substitutions. You may find that many of your favorite foods are off limits, but if you can come up with other foods to take their place, you won't need to be hungry to loose weight. Also, while I'm a proponent of exercise, the diet doesn't require exercise to work. Check it out on the internet. The book is only available as hardcover and costs about $25, but if you know you have bad eating habits, are carrying excess weight, and if you have bad cholesterol, it is $25 that will make you healthier inside and out.
David Blaine [11:13 AM]