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Despite a multitude of temptations, I’ve made it through another day.  (Does anyone else begin to salivate at the smell of freshly microwaved popcorn in their work environment?)  Today’s morning weight was 332 lbs.  That’s down about 10 lbs from Sunday (the day before I started the blending fast).  That sounds good for just four days of juicing, until you remember a full belly is about 5 to 7 lbs and excess water retention is another 2 or 3 lbs.  So, 10 lbs is about right for four days of no chewing.  More good news:  I’ve also lost an inch on my waist – as judged by my belt.
The hardest part so far has been a severe kidney pain flair up Tuesday at work.  It was so painful I had to leave work mid-day and come home.  I drank lots of extra water (with lemon concentrate) and stayed off on Wednesday.  I was back at work today, but I feel pretty bruised inside on my right side.  Sometimes kidney stones are like a light switch and as soon as it moves from where it’s hurting you, you are suddenly pain free.  Other times, it’s like today, where it aches.  Still, that is much better than excruciating pain.
For whatever reason, this batch of “juice” isn’t nearly as acidic as some of the batches I’ve made in the past.  Sometimes, I almost get the feeling the juice is burning the lining of my mouth.  Then I have to wash it down more frequently with plain water (which I always keep handy).  It works, but it means having to “go” even more frequently.
I’ve not been hungry so far, but I have gone through the caffeine withdrawal headache phase.  The problem is when I do come off the fast I know I’ll be right back on the java.  I’m afraid it’s one of my last personal allowances and I’ll give up chocolate and salt before I give up my hot coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Well, the weekend is fast approaching and so a young man’s fancy turns to “Widow-maker” pizzas and BBQ ribs…  Just kidding.  4 down and 26 to go…  After that, who knows.  My better half is already planning the mostly meatless remainder of my life.  Keep me in your prayers.
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On This Day In:
2015 My Slow Education
2014 Great Service
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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We sometimes forget the importance of what motivates people, and it’s relationships.  You just have to care about people, and that’s something anyone can do.
   —  Dr. Monica Peek
As quoted by Mandy Oaklander
In her article: “The Diet Prescription
Time Magazine, 25 January 2016
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On This Day In:
2015 My Slow Education
2014 Great Service
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
   –  Vera Nazarian
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On This Day In:
2015 Deep In Debt
2014 The Difference
2013 My Heart Is Described
2012 Keen To Be Alone
2011 The Ideal Business…
2010 55

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Today is the end of day 2 of my blending fast.  Basically, I run a bunch of (mostly) vegetables through a juicer, then I take a blender to the roughage and add juice, beans, some walnuts and a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds.  The vegies were: 2 bunches of kale, 2 bunches of spinach, 2 bunches of celery, 1 red onion, a half-pound of frozen broccoli, 1 avocado and 2 large (18 inch) cucumbers.  The juices were: pineapple, apple, Naked Green Machine, Bolthouse Carrot juice and about 4 fluid ounces of lemon concentrate.  Most times, I’ll throw in bananas, tomatoes and some frozen mixed fruit, but I didn’t in this batch.   I make seven 64 FL OZ bottles of blend, which tends to last me from four to six days depending on what else I mix in during the week.  Sometimes it’s just 4 oz. of lemon concentrate in 60 oz. of water.  Sometimes I’ll mix in a bottle of cranberry or one of the other “Naked” juices.
When I did my first juice fast a couple of years ago, I lasted about 10 days on “just” juice.  Then I got tired of feeling like I was wasting all the perfectly good roughage.  I also found by including the roughage I didn’t have to worry about enemas or hemorrhoids.
My longest blend fast was 21 days, which I’ve done twice.  I’ve also done a hand full of less than a week.  I’m not good at coping with more than one “big” thing at a time, so if my heart (AFib) or kidneys (stones) flare up, I pretty much drop the fast and just try to feel better.  Of course, this results in a weight yo-yoing, but it is what it is.  My goal this time is 30 days.  As this is only day 2, it feels like a long ways off, but in the grand scheme of things it’s only ’til the end of April.  So, we’ll see…
Sunday night (before I started), I weighed in at 342lbs.  My waist is 50 inches.  I am compulsive so I will weigh myself everyday.  I know I’m not supposed to, but like I said, I don’t like to fight on more than one front at the same time, so for now I’ll blend and I’ll worry about my obsessive behavior later.  I’m walking 30 – 45 minutes each day and after about a week, I plan to start adding in a bit more vigorous exercise.  (But again, one thing at a time.)
Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers (or positive thoughts).
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On This Day In:
2015 At What Price?
2014 Intricate And Subtle Order
2013 Attention To Detail
2012 Aequanimitas!
2011 Consider This

 

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No Words

I spent some time in search of words
To explain what it is I feel
They continue to elude me
Though I long to express – and not conceal
How completely it is you move me
With everything you are
Unmatched – your beautiful soul
As it touches those both near and far
I called upon all poets
With hope I could define
How it is that you have changed me
By sharing your heart with mine
I realized that perhaps
The words simply haven’t been created
And recognized this lack of words
Is indeed how it can be stated
To love beyond words
[Quoted from one of the blogs I follow:  http://busymindthinking.com/
The specific post is at:  http://busymindthinking.com/2016/02/17/no-words/
Well worth a view and a follow.    —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 At What Price?
2014 Intricate And Subtle Order
2013 Attention To Detail
2012 Aequanimitas!
2011 Consider This

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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.
   ―  Eckhart Tolle
[Happy Birthday to me!    —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Infinite Adventure
2014 Unpaved
2013 Headstones
2012 Keeping Young
2011 Lessons Well Learned

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Empty your mind, be formless.  Shapeless, like water.  If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.  You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle.  You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.  Now, water can flow or it can crash.  Be water, my friend.
  ―  Bruce Lee
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On This Day In:
2015 Amazing Or Full Of Wonder?
2014 Are You Confused?
2013 But The Odds Are Against It
2012 Far Better Off With Books
2011 Timid And Fainthearted

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Only when there is a wilderness can man harmonize his inner being with the wavelengths of the earth.  When the earth, its products, its creatures, become his concern, man is caught up in a cause greater than his own life and more meaningful.  Only when man loses himself in an endeavor of that magnitude does he walk and live with humanity and reverence.
  —  Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
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On This Day In:
2015 God Said What To You?
2014 Not Saying
2013 Ears And Tongue
2012 The Story Of Joe (Middle-Class Republican)
2011 Happy Birthday, Diana
Depending On Kindness

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Daredevil: Season 2  —  Netflix TV Series Review
This week I completed my mini-binge of Daredevil: Season 2.  (For my review of Season 1, click here.)  I say “mini-binge” because the season is only thirteen episodes (roughly the same number of hours) long.  I promised myself I’d mini-binge the entire first season to get myself in the mood for Season 2, but in the end, I didn’t.  I just jumped in.  I must also admit I really enjoyed seeing DD in his own TV series.
Season 2 is a lot more of the same…  Dark and very violent.  Once again, this is not a series for children viewing.  And I emphasize, very violent.
Having said that, is it any good?  And, is it interesting?  All the stuff which made year one a good-to-great show are back in Season 2: great martial arts choreography and very good character development.  The down side?  Sometimes the dialog felt more like monologues and kind of dragged.  The season introduced two new characters: Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) aka “The Punisher” and Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung).  Both of which were pretty awesome.  Of the two, Castle is more fun to watch and root for.  Yung makes you almost completely forget the “other” Elektra (Jennifer Garner).  Bernthal is powerful and Yung is almost campy.  Both are deadly, but one is brutal while the other graceful.  The contrast is truly Yin / Yang.  And the over-arc story of each with the “no-kill” philosophy of Daredevil is equally stark.  This contrast is what leads (ironically) to the dull-ish dialog.  I guess “dull” isn’t the correct way to analyze the writing, but we had to listen to the same arguments in every single episode.  Enough already.  Daredevil, although a vigilante, is a hero.  He saves lives and doesn’t kill.  We get it!
Last season, DD got his uniform / costume.  This season, DD gets his baton.  We don’t know all of what it does, but it’s very cool so far!
So, final recommendation: very strong!  This is an excellent adaptation of the comic book character into a TV series.  I highly recommend you watch the whole of the first season before trying to dive into season two.  It’ll make a lot more sense.
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On This Day In:
2015 Bits In The Soup
2014 More Beef, Less Bull
2013 Where Are Your Mountains
2012 Spherical Knowledge Of Hamsters
2011 Taking Stock Over Time

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At age 20, we worry about what others think of us.  At 40, we don’t care what they think of us.  At 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.
  —  Ann Landers
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
   —  Oscar Wilde
[Happy Birthday, Bro! We aren’t really getting old, but I believe we’ve forgotten most of what we used to know for sure.  I suspect those wrinkles are just where all the smiles and laughter were.  And, there are a lot more (wrinkles AND laughter) to come…   Love ya  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Vision and Courage
2014 58 – Little Bro
2013 New Adventures And Old Hopes
Caving In
2012 Bits And Bobs And Birthdays
Always Hope
2011 Wet Snow And Long Hills

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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
   ―  J.K. Rowling
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On This Day In:
2015 Her Pilgrim Soul
2014 Three Observations
2013 Robbed Again
2012 Good Hearts
2011 Interesting Reading
What Are You Lookin’ At?

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Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.
   –  Maxim Gorky
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On This Day In:
2015 Become An Affliction
2014 Just Setting Out
2013 Scott’s Inscription
2012 Good Knowledge
2011 Social Safety Nets

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There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all.
    –  Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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On This Day In:
2015 Change The Tide
Martyr, n.
2014 You, Too!
2013 Bitter Stand
2012 Lost For Words
2011 On Market Reactions…

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
   –  Haruki Murakami
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On This Day In:
2015 Shout!
2014 I Hear Voices
2013 Ethics And Standards
2012 Swing Higher
2011 Convicted For Life

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I think of life as a good book.  The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.
  –  Harold Kushner
[…Reminds me of:
“For love is such a mystery,
I cannot find it out;
And when I think it’s best resolved,
I then am most in doubt”.
Of course you have to substitute “life” with “love“.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 On Pornography
2014 Nudge, Nudge
2013 The Journey Will Be Joy
2012 Hopeful Flights
2011 Irrationally Predictable
Lawful Restraint

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