Archive for February 4th, 2012

Last weekend I wrote my review (Nerd Heard – And Good-Bye) of the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”.  I mentioned at the end of the blog that I’d gone out and purchased a blender and was now (then) off to buy some fruits and vegetables.
Well, today I’m finishing day seven of my juicing fast/diet.
Observations and comments:
To start off with I’m definitely thinner.  I’ve been having 64oz of fruit juice, 64oz of vegetables juice and at least 48oz of water each day.  The fruit juice is mostly apples (red and green), a lemon, carrots, grapes, strawberries and cherries.  I tried using bananas, but I used two giant bananas and got about four drops of juice.  The rest just ended up as cast off in the pulp.  (More on this later.)  The juice isn’t what I would normally call “sweet”, but it is “fruity” tasting.
The vegetable juice is just that – greens, greens and more greens (at least it looks that way).  Basically, various kinds of kale, spinach, red lettuce, beetroot, mushrooms, ginger, onions (red and white), radishes, a couple of apples (red) and some whole lemons.  This is surprising filling, but does not seem to provide an energy boost (as I expected). Instead, I’m feeling a sense of heat flush on my skin – mostly my arms – after drinking some.
For both types I’m tending to drink about four or five swallows and then a little water as a chaser to clean the palate a bit.
Yesterday, after work Hil and I went to a new grocery in the area which has a tremendous turnover of fruits and veg and we stocked up.  Probably too much as I made three jars – one juice and two veg – and I’m on my second jar now.  I also made a change to the straight forward juicing by making a smoothie with the fruit.  I bought a large hand of bananas and switched to the blender instead of the juicer for the fruit jar.
Weight-loss wise I’m doing fine.  Not outrageous, just fine.  I estimate I’ve dropped between 8 and 12 pounds.  I’m not entirely accurate because I started with a clothes off weight of 339lbs the Friday before the fast and now I’m a clothes on weight of 334lbs.  I had a “big” drop of three pounds during the week when I developed the runs on Tuesday.  My understanding is that is a normal experience of combining fruit and vegetable fasting.  I don’t recall the experience in my other earlier fasts, but that’s probably because they were so long ago.
This is my fourth fast.  I did it three other times for 30 days each when I was in my mid 20’s and 30’s, so it’s been over 25 years since my last time.  Back then I did fruit smoothies and vegetable broth.  This current version is much more fiber free on the fruit and uncooked on the vegs.  As I said, each time was for 30 days and each time I lost at least 30 pounds.  This fast is only partly about losing weight.  Mostly, it’s about cleansing out my system and any weight loss is an added benefit.
My ultimate goal is to get to a “flesh” meal not more than twice a week.  Other than that, I’ll be trying to stick to as much raw fruits and vegs as possible.
I haven’t been doing any working out for the past week.  My gall stones have been pretty bad and I’ve had to start work early so I’ve not been going to the gym (at work).  I’ve got three doctors appointments this coming week, so I will probably get only two days in at the gym.  I’m mostly a high-energy morning person and between that and the juicing, I don’t feel like I have much energy to even go for walks at the end of the day.  I will say my gall stone pain is a lot better this week than is was last week, so hopefully the juicing has been helping that as well.
One final comment: I’m struck by the large volume of waste at the end of the juicing process.  Even though it feels mostly dry, it seems as if it’s immoral to discard that much roughage.  I think when I ultimately come off of the juicing mode, I’ll feel a lot better (“hippy conscious” wise) about eating (and enjoying) the whole fruit/plant.
Movie Review Time:
This week started off with “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” made in 1961.  Not much to say, really.  It’s a classic, old-Hollywood style, romantic comedy (lite-comedy, not HA HA comedy).  The movie stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.  The movie is a feast for those with an eye to 60’s style – particularly the narrow black ties, which would now be a fashion statement.  One thing I found amusing is how much the young Peppard resembles Dan Stevens – the Matthew Crawley character in the British series “Downton Abbey“.  They’re doppelgängers!!  Truly one of those few movies you can say (at the end): “Wow! That was a classic!!”
The second movie I watched this weekend was the DVD of “Deliverance” from 1972.  This is another “classic” movie.  This one stars Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty as four “city folk” who decide to go on a river canoeing adventure over a weekend.  The adventure quickly devolves into a survival movie and morality play.  The movie is still (after 40 years) too intense for children due to its “famous” male rape scene and its fairly graphic death scenes – so it’s also not for the squeamish.  To my mind, the closest comparison to any film I’ve seen recently and remember as a classic is “The Deer Hunter” which was made in 1978.  I’m not sure why “Deliverance” reminded me of “The Deer Hunter“, but it did.  Yes, they both had a “hunting of deer” scene in each, but it was more than that. I think it was that each tried (with varying degrees of success) to capture a moment in American history.  As a movie, I enjoyed “Deliverance” much more than “The Deer Hunter“, but neither were particularly believable.
The third movie was “Shoot ‘Em Up” with Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci.  I like Owen.  I’ve never liked Giamatti.  And, I’ve never heard of Monica Bellucci.  This is really a terrible movie!  The title is the plot.  I think I was hoping for something a little like one of the “Die Hard” series, but nope, just a bad action movie.  Completely unbelievable characters.  The ONLY redeeming factor was the occasional one liner from Owen.  But, they are not enough to save this movie.  Now that I own it, I’d probably watch it again to see if there’s anything of value I didn’t notice in the first viewing, but I would not watch it if it was on TV and I had to sit through commercials too.
Finally, there’s “Righteous Kill” starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pachino.  This is kind of a geezer-buddy-cop movie.  It’s two NYC cops trying to catch a serial killer.  Anything more pretty much gives away the movie.  A lot of (mostly) unnecessary “effing and blinding” (as we say used to say in England), but all in all, a pretty good movie.  I wouldn’t say it was in either of the lead actors great roles lists, but it was interesting seeing them together.

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It’s always fun to spout off before the SuperBowl.  It gives you an annual chance to go out on a limb and then eat a major portion of crow…  So here’s my prediction.

Patriots in a surprisingly easy win (Pats: 37  Giants: 17) and despite the score, it isn’t that close.

I think Brady will have a hot day.  I think he’ll get rid of the ball quickly and be on target.  This is where a Hall of Famer becomes a legend – equaling Bradshaw and Montana in SB wins (4).

The same is true for Belichick.  Although already considered a great coach, four SB wins elevates him to Knoll status.


Simple.  Both teams are surprisingly similar.  Good to great scoring offenses and defenses which have struggled throughout the year, but which rounded into form and then have played well in getting to the SB. 

Neither team has a great running game.  The Giants strike me as bigger and and more lumbering.  This helps in the cold and wet – the game is indoors – so this doesn’t help.  The Pats seem quicker and more productive – not a lot, but football is a game of inches.  If the Giants can get a late lead and pound away, they win – but I don’t think the former will happen, so neither will the latter.  The Pats will balance the running and throwing better and win.  The Giants threw a LOT against the Niners and barely won.  I don’t think they’ll be as effective against the Pats, which will put more pressure on their running game, which will cycle back to Manning throwing more.  Against the Niners, the Giants threw 58 times!!  Even given the additional tosses during the extra period, that’s normally a signal you’re losing the game.

Everyone loves the Giants pass rush – and it does appear fearsome, however, the Niners mostly contained it and I think the Pats have much better weapons than the Niners, so I see Brady having time and being able to step into his throws.  If he can, he’ll eat the Giants secondary alive short (5-10 yards) and deep (15+ yards).  This is how the Pats control the opposing defenses.

The same is not true for the Giants.  The Niners tore them up with multiple sacks (6), quarterback hits (12)  and additional hurries.  As I said earlier, the Giants will throw often and that means they’re behind and losing.  The Niners should have had two picks and a fumble recovery.  Eli’s luck runs out and the Pats make those picks (at least two, probably four).  The key is the pass rush up the middle by Wilfork.  If he has two sacks and two hits at the end of the 1st half, the Pats win.

There’s no question in my mind that the Giants have the better wide-outs, but I don’t think it wins the game for them.  The problem they have is they don’t throw that well short.  They stretch the field and use that to create gaps at the 7-15 yard level.  The Niners could not stop those catches, the Pats will.

The Pats have two tight-ends.  The Niners only had one.  The Giants shut down our (the Niners) wide-outs and said, “You won’t win with just Vernon Davis.”  Davis had a great day, but we (the Niners) didn’t win.  I don’t think the Giants will get pressure on Brady.  I don’t think they will shutdown the Pats wide-outs.  And, I don’t believe the Giants can shut down both of the Pats tight-ends – even with Gronkowski’s injury. 

Bottom line: 1st quarter – Pats 10, Giants 0
2nd Quarter – Pats 24, Giants 7
3rd Quarter – Pats 34, Giants 10
4th Quarter – Pats 37, Giants 17
So now we’ll see…

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I complained every morning when I had to get up,
Until the morning I couldn’t…

—  Anonymous


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