Fitness Update

I did a post a few years ago (Where the hell does the time go?) about how I made some big dietary changes (gave up soda, fast food, chain restaurants like Chili’s, TGIF, etc) and started exercising regularly. During that time, I had gone from about 250 lbs in 2012 to slightly over 200 in 2013. I remember I was worried about being able to maintain it. I’m happy to say that so far, I’ve been able to keep up exercising and staying away from the fattening food and am currently down to 194 lbs. Here are the obligatory before and after photos:

The difference is quite obvious. In the before picture I’m smiling and someone is taking a picture of me and the after I’m not smiling and I have to resort to taking a selfie.

Some interesting things I’ve found out. There are some foods I just can’t eat at all because they trigger something in my head that makes it difficult to stop eating them. Donuts, fast food, and cake and cupcakes (well, the frosting at least). One cupcake and I’m like Bubbles from the wire looking for another fix. Not sure why this is. I don’t use a calorie counter any longer. I started with LoseIt which worked wonders but now I have a pretty good idea which foods I should just stay away from. Being aware of how many calories were actually in the food I was eating was a pretty good place to start losing.

Painter Says He Included Monica Lewinsky’s Dress in Bill Clinton Portrait

From Philly.com:

Clinton was hard. I’ll tell you why. The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.

If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantel in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.

And so the Clintons hate the portrait. They want it removed from the National Portrait Gallery. They’re putting a lot of pressure on them. [Reached by phone Thursday, a spokeswoman from the National Portrait Gallery denied that.]

A Weasel Riding a Woodpecker

Awwwwww. Isn’t nature wonderful?:

Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.

The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 meters away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight.

Westboro Baptist Church couldn’t picket Leonard Nimoy’s funeral because they didn’t know where it was

Awww c’est dommage. They seem to be having some difficulties since papa Phelps died.

The Westboro Baptist Church was forced to cancel its plans to protest at Leonard Nimoy’s funeral at the weekend when no-one would tell them where it was.

The group often descends upon the funerals of celebrities and soldiers with neon signs filled with homophobic slurs, but couldn’t locate the late Star Trek actor’s after planners decided to make the memorial private.

“Leonard Nimoy’s funeral is today, but nobody is sharing WHERE. So Westboro AND @WilliamShatner can’t attend :(” the church wrote on Twitter.