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Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Fitness

I will admit it’s been tough for me to maintain a healthy weight. This isn’t a recent phenomenon, but rather something that has been ongoing since my thyroid issues were discovered a few years back.

I’m not one of those folks who blames her thyroid for being clinically obese. My thyroid has been growing a bunch of nodules on it for several years – some of them several centimeters big – and that has actually been making my thyroid hyperactive, not slow (which is what causes most folks to gain weight). For years, I have taken medication to slow my thyroid down, so I think my body has been accustomed at operating at a certain level of thyroid function.

And then, I got radioactive iodine (I-131) treatment in December. I decided to go that route after 10 years of taking medication to slow my thyroid down. The nodules kept growing, and I had to take more and more drugs to keep my thyroid operating at the correct level.

I didn’t have all the weird side effects reported by others post I-131 treatment. I had headaches for a couple of weeks, but other than that, things have been fine. No problems. No nausea. No weirdness. Nothing. I consider myself lucky.

I’ve also taken definitive steps to improve my health. On the advice of my trainer, I have cut out glutens and most grains. Apparently glutens aren’t great for thyroid patients, and grains are just carb heavy crap that does nothing but mess with my blood sugar and give me migraines.  I have tested this theory several times, and I invariably get migraines every time I consume wheat products. I will eat grains on occasion – mostly brown rice or rye – but generally, I stay away.  I also stay away from processed sugars and most nuts. I’m mildly allergic to walnuts and pecans, and processed sugar actually makes my tongue break out in painful sores.

I primarily eat proteins, vegetables and fruits. Mostly beef, but sometimes fish and pork. I HATE chicken. I don’t like the consistency, and I find it to be bland and yucky.

I will admit to being addicted to salt. I love, love, love salt! I can’t seem to get enough of it! The good news is that my sodium levels are pretty low, so I can indulge that vice with little consequence.

I took a break from the gym for several months, mostly because I’ve been too busy to get there, but I haven’t gained any weight, so I’m happy about that.

As a general rule, I do weights, and then at least 1/2 hour of treadmill. I don’t run. I have three screws in my right knee from my Army days, and the knee is beginning to bother me when I run long distances. I choose to do a very brisk incline walk – generally between 11 and 13 percent incline with a speed of at least 3.6 miles per hour. It burns a ton of calories – generally 1000 or more if I do it for an entire hour. And there’s no stress on the knees at all. I consider it a WIN!

I’m hardly someone who is a fitness expert, and I do understand that fitness is individual. Each person’s body is different, and you must do what works best for your body type.

The key is to be smart about your fitness.

Yes, calories make a difference, but that doesn’t mean you starve yourself.  Calories are the fuel for your body. They are what is converted to energy that keeps your body going. If you don’t get enough, your body goes into starvation mode, thinking there’s not enough food around, and will slow your metabolism to conserve fat to keep you alive. You will not lose weight by starving yourself. You will slow your progress. I’ve been there, and done that. Trust me.

The key is to eat smart, and to keep your metabolism burning fat, calories and carbs. The key is to get enough rest and not stress. I noticed the more I allow myself to stress out, the more difficult it is to lose weight, so I’ve made a conscious decision not to allow things to bother me. It’s done wonders, both for my physical well-being, and my general emotional health. I just refuse to let things bother me!

Life is what it is, and I will deal with it.

The key is to allow yourself an indulgence once in a while. I’m not saying binge once every two weeks on pizza and cake. I’m saying have that chocolate truffle or a York peppermint patty once in a great while. It’ll make you happy, and it won’t hurt your health to have something small every once in a while. The key is not to shovel an entire box of Godiva chocolates down your throat when you’re feeling like you’ve been depriving yourself of pleasure. The key is to make healthy a lifestyle, so a) you don’t feel like you’re deprived and b) your little indulgence doesn’t harm your health in the long-term.

You don’t have to go gluten or carb-free. That approach doesn’t work well for everyone. You don’t have to cut out grains. That may not help you either, depending on your body type.

Consult with an expert, and be honest with yourself about setting realistic goals. Dedicate yourself to your health – go to the gym, take that long walk, go swimming, whatever… just keep yourself active.

That’s the best advice I can give.

 

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Charges Dropped Against Jared Marcum

Finally! The idiot prosecutors in this case have seen logic, I guess, when they dropped criminal charges against a teenager whose only “crime” was wearing an NRA T-shirt to school!

If you remember, a few months ago, Jared caused a teacher at his Logan County, WV middle school to soil his depends by wearing a shirt that confirmed his respect for the Second Amendment – a shirt that did not violate any school district regulations – a shirt that screechy idiot school administrators wanted him to remove.

Stupid teacher is stupid. Cowardly teacher is pusillanimous.

Stupider yet, Jared faced ridiculous criminal charges, as well as jail time for standing up for his rights.

Thankfully, those charges have been dropped.

Too late, in my opinion.

After more than two months of stress and legal bills, the prosecutor finally decided this little vendetta wasn’t worth the public outcry.

And it looks like Jared and his family will be filing a civil suit against Logan County for the ridiculous, authoritarian way they handled this case!

Good! Let’s hope for a win!

 

Talk About Your Government Gun Hypocrisy!

I’m stealing this from my friend Dennis at Dragon Leatherworks, who is also a licensed gun dealer.

So…if someone like me, a duly licensed gun dealer (Licensed by the FedGov through the ATF to transact business in firearms) forgets to dot an *i* (quite literally….if in my logbook the *i* looks like a lower case *L* because I forgot the dot and that honest mistake is a serial number, a street name, a purchasers name, etc., I can be fined) the fine is $500 FOR EACH MISTAKE MADE.

If my 4473 forms (the background check paperwork) are not serialized, and filed away in date/time order, with the most recent form in the front of the filing drawer and the oldest in the back, and those forms don’t each match an entry in my logbook of gun transactions, I can be fined $500 PER INSTANCE, along with being brought up on FEDERAL CHARGES of gun trafficking.

Those are some pretty steep fines and stringent regulations. And we as a nation should be strict about ensuring that we keep accurate records about who buys dangerous tools, right? So you say, right?

I would ask you the following, then: shouldn’t the nation’s law enforcement agencies be held to the same rigid standards?

Apparently not so much.

The U.S. Park Police has lost track of a huge supply of handguns, rifles and shotguns, according to a report released Thursday on the law enforcement agency responsible for safeguarding the National Mall and critical American landmarks.

In the scathing report, the inspector general’s office of the Department of Interior faults staff at the agency for having no idea how many weapons they control and says the department has no clear policies or procedures for investigating missing weapons. The office said top managers, including the police chief, have shown a “lackadaisical attitude toward firearms management.”

Um. Ooops!

While surveying Park Police field office armories, investigators found more than 1,400 extra and unassigned weapons that were intended to be destroyed. They also found 198 handguns that were transferred from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and stored in an operations facility firearms room without being recorded in an inventory system.

Now, what would happen if some unscrupulous individual decided to make a little bit of a profit for himself by selling those unrecorded guns on the street, let’s say? What about an officer who illegally kept one of those untracked firearms at his home in San Francisco, let’s say?

Now, if Dennis legally sells a gun that is later used in a massacre, and the ATF swoops down on his store to examine his records, what do you think will happen?

And what will happen as a result of this sloppy record-keeping on the part of US Park Police?

Well, we know what would happen to Dennis. ATF would swoop down. They would fine him for not dotting the “i,” the media would demonize him as a death merchant, and anti-gun groups would call for his head and demand more government regulations to prevent Dennis from ever failing to dot said “i” again.

What about Park Police?

Well, the report that detailed the agency’s FAIL when it comes to tracking said firearms also made 10 recommendations about how to fix the problem.

I will fully admit that more action could have been taken, and we just don’t know about it. But, that said…

I seriously doubt the disciplinary and punitive action will be all that grave.

Immigration Bill Pork

This travesty of a bill passed the Senate yesterday, with concessions made to tons of different lobbies. Not only does it allow millions of people whose first act in this country was to take a shit on its sovereignty, but it’s also filled with pork and special programs that will once again cost Americans billions we already can’t afford and provisions meant to bribe Republicans into voting for this travesty.

Adds $1.5 billion to President Obama’s failed jobs stimulus, a gift to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Turns the Travel Promotion Act, which was supposed to end in 2015, into a permanent program at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Prime beneficiaries? Las Vegas casino interests, a gift to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Makes a range of serious crimes for which U.S. citizens can be arrested and imprisoned — including assault and battery, drunk driving and tax fraud — “waivable” for illegal immigrants when it comes to their amnesty status.

Gives Alaskan “Seafood processing” jobs special status as “shortage occupations,” letting those industries hire low-skilled illegal immigrants to fill “temporary” jobs, a bipartisan favor to Alaska Sens. Mark Begich (Democrat) and Lisa Murkowski (Republican).

This is how politicians do business these days. They simply stuff proposals for which they suspect they don’t have enough votes with our money, and bribe legislative swine into supporting their bills. With our money.  Those of you who complained about the variety of enticements that made ObamaCare a reality, such as the bribe to Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson using our tax dollars, well, this immigration disaster is no different.

Spending? Fuck it.

Deficit? What deficit?

Debt out of control? So the hell what?

The new measures tacked on to the Corker-Hoeven deal were designed to help secure broad support for the compromise amendment in the Senate, where it passed Wednesday by 69-29. At the heart of the compromise: Adding nearly 20,000 federal law-enforcement agents to the Southwestern border to address Republican concerns about curbing illegal immigration.

As for securing the border, I don’t trust them. They tossed more money at border agents and technology meant to secure our borders, but it all will be for naught if the Border Patrol is required to release the illegals soon after they’re caught, because Congress is busy spending our money on the special interests that get them elected, and we have no money to retain the criminals who cross our borders.

And once again I have to remind you Republicans how you humped my leg in 2008, beating me up about “wasting my vote” by voting Libertarian instead of putting that shriveled old bag of noxious crap McCain in the White House.

Happy now?

 

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