Friday, January 8, 2010


I forgot to add that my self-confidence is quite high right now, mostly from looking back at what I've accomplished over the last 7 months, with prompting from my brother Cliff: I've moved across country, taken on a very different and demanding job, found a new place for Mom to live, moved her there, and tackled and conquered her skin cancer. I'm feeling close to invincible!

And that will come in handy as I work to get in shape and lose weight, both goals I've had for a long time. I have to work to remind myself that I've spent the last 10+ years doing some things I really wanted to do -- write and publish a book, become certified in Shadow Work facilitation and coaching -- so it's not as if I've been idle (not hardly!).

2-1/4 pounds already via the savings account method

The last week of December I decided to work on getting in shape and losing weight. I had discovered how much I gained since moving to Illinois -- between 10 and 15 pounds, and I don't know for sure how many because I'd already lost a few before weighing myself -- and it really pushed me over an edge where it's unacceptable. I'm also convinced that the sciatica symptoms are in part due to being so overweight and out of shape.

I weighed myself again this morning and discovered I've lost 2-1/4 pounds already, which is encouraging, since it's less than 2 weeks.

One thing that's helping me is a mental picture I've got of a kind of savings account, into which I deposit the calories I've burned by exercising and the calories I've reduced by eating less. I calculated how many calories I'd have to burn/reduce in order to lose 40 pounds within 6 months -- my incredibly ambitious goal -- and it comes to about 800 calories per day. That's a very high number. But thinking of it as 800 calories a day is doing a better job of motivating me than trying to achieve the 40 pounds, or trying to achieve what I'll weigh if I lose the 40 pounds. It's a day-by-day goal that I can try to meet, or at least contribute to. Some days I'll be able to "deposit" only 200 calories into the account, and that's better than nothing.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Maybe the undie-bomber didn't actually want to blow up the plane

A persuasive argument offered by a reader, kindness of Andrew Sullivan's blog Daily Dish, that Abdulmutallab didn't actually want to blow up the plane, only to create terror in the US.

Read it here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Star Trek, the original series

(As I understand it, Trekkers use the abbreviation TOS for this series, which for some reason really impresses me - that they've got a special abbreviation for it!)

I've been watching the original Star Trek series from Netflix, and also reading Star Trek Memories by William Shatner. I don't have much of an excuse for either :D except curiosity. I picked up the book after watching the TOS episodes in broadcast order and noticing that Spock was really different in the first few episodes, and that McCoy had much lower billing in the credits. How did the show morph into its eventual tug-of-war between the two characters, I wondered.

This isn't my first time watching the series, I first came across it in reruns in college in Connecticut, and I've seen episodes from time to time on late-night TV. Some early episodes are so bad they're laugh-out-loud funny. But others are still thought-provoking or interesting in some other way.

As I said, I can't offer much of an excuse, but I'm enjoying myself. Shatner's book is also very funny in spots, which may be him or his co/ghost writer.