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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who is the GOP front-runner? on: March 04, 2015, 11:40:58 pm
Scott Walker is currently the front-runner.  He is polling better than the rest of the field and by a moderate margin at that.  That said, most front runners 20 months before the general election either have dropped out or otherwise have not won the general.  Being the front runner now is not necessarily good news for Walker.  Bush is still sitting pretty and so is Rand Paul and some of the others.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy Meteorological Spring 2015!! on: March 04, 2015, 11:34:21 pm
It feels like spring here right now, but give it twelve hours...this is crazy.



What the heck is "wintry mix"?

Snow, sleet, freezing rain combo.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 04, 2015, 11:19:22 pm
Ha, I just voted for 225.  My goal for 364 days from now is obviously lower, but not giving myself the benefit of the doubt, I voted 225.  I seriously doubt, even with a lot of hard work, I will weigh under 200 lbs by then.

I just weighed this morning, and I weigh 274.4, which is actually a decrease of a half pound in the last 48 hours.  I was almost sure I would be 277, at least.  274.4 is by no means a glorious number, but just being 3 pounds under what I thought I would be is okay.  My first goal by June 20, is 260 lbs.

Why do you bring this up?   What is your purpose other than public shaming?

I hoping reading posts like that kicks you into gear. You need to be working at weight loss all the time, or before we know it it will be March 2017 and we will be looking back at this moment as yet another moment you could have started losing weight.


I'm hoping this grocery store job will spark a new lifestyle within me being around healthier, natural foods for 8 hours a day.  I imagine and hope I will be around healthier people as a result.  Perhaps the influence from those two sources and the tips I can glean from them will spur me on to a lower weight.  In the mean time, I am going to start walking again and increase my water intake/decrease my DDP intake.  When I do have a cheat day, I will still try to order something that is not as fattening.

A funny bit of context:

Homer Simpson has long been held up as the typical American fat, even though he is a fictional character. In the show's 26 seasons, he's constantly mocked for his weight. People are so familiar with the series that they can draw comparisons: they don't want to be "Homer Simpson fat."

The show says that Homer is about six feet tall (although one episode says that he's exactly the same height as Mel Gibson, which would be 5'10").

In early seasons, the "fat" Homer weighs 239 pounds. In the latest seasons, his weight has increased (probably to keep pace with American expectations of what "fat" is), and he says the scale told him he was 260. In one episode, he was home-bound at 300 pounds.

You're probably not a Simpsons watcher, Jeff, but you're undoubtedly familiar with Homer Simpson's place in pop culture. Just an interesting comparison -- the animated world's version of morbid obesity is at least two inches taller and 25 pounds lighter than you.

You've got some work to do.

In contrast to Homer Simpson, at least this is a health foods farmers market instead of a donut shop...
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 04, 2015, 11:18:23 pm
Allison's facial is looking ominous again...

Nah, we spoke just today, so we're good.  Although, I could see how you would be worried.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 04, 2015, 11:17:35 pm
Brutal home loss for Tulsa with that pair of missed free throws followed by a three. Still believe? I'm thinking "First Four" at this point. That SMU game will be great.

It will be a close call.  The SMU game will determine it.  If we win, we're in.  If we lose, it's NIT.

EDIT:  Just saw that Oklahoma State snapped it's 4 game losing streak just in time to position themselves better for the Big Dance.

Also, Russell Westbrook notched his 4th straight triple-double in the Thunder's win against the Philadelphia 76ers.  He's the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to accomplish such a feat.  Westbrook also achieved career highs in both points (49) and rebounds (16).  Given the circumstances that Oklahoma City has faced this season, he should be the MVP of the 2014-2015 season.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 04, 2015, 06:59:20 pm
I love how Bushie's parents still treat him like he's 6 years old. It never gets old listening to how they react when he tries to do something an adult would do!

FWIW, Dad was fully on board immediately.  In fact, he was almost giddy about it.  Mom was never opposed, and in fact, now she is fully on board with this as well.  They are both happy about one thing - their youngest son has a job...
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 04, 2015, 05:30:12 pm
I think the reason why Mom was a little hesitant about the new job is every time there has been physical labor I "hid under the bed"..  She's right, I have shied away from a lot of physical labor in my nearly 33 years, but I reassured her that I am more mature now and ready to settle into a career.  I've got to prove to her that I can do this and that I'm not blowing hot air.

God, for once Mama is spot on.  And don't lie, more than a "little" hesitant.

I was accurate there.  She was just a little hesitant.  She's not anymore as she trusts me to know what I'm doing and trust me not to blow this opportunity away.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy Meteorological Spring 2015!! on: March 04, 2015, 05:27:09 pm
The calendar still says winter and most of the country feels like winter, but in the weather world today, March 1, 2015 is the beginning of the Spring season!!  Warmer air is on the way!!

Says the man who is stuck inside today because of snow and ice.

That's just today.  The sun comes out tomorrow and stays for a while with temps warming from the upper 30's tomorrow to the low to mid 70's by the middle of next week.  The sun is pretty strong this time of year in the Southern Plains so it warms us up pretty quick.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you sleep at night? on: March 04, 2015, 11:55:14 am
I usually sleep on the sides (how I voted), and usually start off on my right side.  I toss and turn quite a bit throughout the night and find myself on my stomach with arms very numb and tingling from accidentally laying on them.  I also flip my pillow over with every side flip to find the cool side.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ben Carson launches exploratory committee on: March 04, 2015, 10:57:14 am
You think Democrats are going to have wet dreams about him?

Pleasant dreams, yes.  All of America knows that Hillary would mop the floor with Carson.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 04, 2015, 10:30:21 am
Good Wednesday Morning.  There has been some freezing rain and sleet falling outside for most of the morning, although we are in a dry slot now.  More sleet and then snow should fill in over the next hour or two and stick around through the evening.  The snow amounts don't look to be excessively high, maybe only 1-2", but the glaze of ice underneath is the bigger issue.  All in all, we're going to avoid a major winter storm because the roads are still moving, but getting more slick.  All the schools shut down last night in anticipation of the storm.  This is only their 3rd snow day of the year and Tulsa Schools have 5 days built in to their calendar and 3 make-up days beyond that and this looks to be the last winter storm of the season, hopefully, as we're supposed to be back in the 50's and 60's to near 70 this weekend and early next week.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 10:39:26 pm
An employer checking job applicant credit scores seems less objectionable than requiring that employees take drug tests. I heard a lecture not long ago that brought up that one of the best predictors of good credit is having bought those little fuzzy pads that you attach to the bottom of pieces of furniture so that it doesn't scrape the floor. If good credit correlates that highly with general conscientiousness, then it is probably high predictive of job performance, especially in entry-level positions that don't assume prior training or experience. It's certainly more relevant to the job than whether or not someone is having fun in a company-approved manner on the weekends.

I support both, but I see your post very clearly.  You raise some really good points.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 10:05:08 pm
Mama Bushie looks down on people who work at groceries. They're doing "physical labor." People in call centers, on the other hand, have very prestigious jobs.

That's not it at all.  She was just concerned if I could do it or not given my tendencies.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 09:25:18 pm
I think the reason why Mom was a little hesitant about the new job is every time there has been physical labor I "hid under the bed"..  She's right, I have shied away from a lot of physical labor in my nearly 33 years, but I reassured her that I am more mature now and ready to settle into a career.  I've got to prove to her that I can do this and that I'm not blowing hot air.
Physical labor? You're working at a grocery, not digging ditches...

That was my thought when she mentioned physical labor.  But, Morden's post makes sense, too.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 08:39:24 pm
Ha, I just voted for 225.  My goal for 364 days from now is obviously lower, but not giving myself the benefit of the doubt, I voted 225.  I seriously doubt, even with a lot of hard work, I will weigh under 200 lbs by then.

I just weighed this morning, and I weigh 274.4, which is actually a decrease of a half pound in the last 48 hours.  I was almost sure I would be 277, at least.  274.4 is by no means a glorious number, but just being 3 pounds under what I thought I would be is okay.  My first goal by June 20, is 260 lbs.

Why do you bring this up?   What is your purpose other than public shaming?

I hoping reading posts like that kicks you into gear. You need to be working at weight loss all the time, or before we know it it will be March 2017 and we will be looking back at this moment as yet another moment you could have started losing weight.


I'm hoping this grocery store job will spark a new lifestyle within me being around healthier, natural foods for 8 hours a day.  I imagine and hope I will be around healthier people as a result.  Perhaps the influence from those two sources and the tips I can glean from them will spur me on to a lower weight.  In the mean time, I am going to start walking again and increase my water intake/decrease my DDP intake.  When I do have a cheat day, I will still try to order something that is not as fattening.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 08:34:48 pm
It was a bad 32.8 years.

I wouldn't go that far.
Name one diet where you've actually lost at least 10 pounds during the first 4 weeks. ONE.

November 2011-February 2012 - I lost nearly 30 pounds overall in that diet and over 10 pounds in the first month.  I've since gained it all back, but I'm not without precedent in losing weight.  I got down to the high 250's from 285.  If I can just get back to what I did then, I'd be in a whole lot better shape.  The problem is after I got back from Kenya that March, I fell off the diet.

What did you do to supposedly lose all that weight during that period?


I know I switched exclusively to diet pop and had no regular pop for the entire period.  I hit a plateau with the weight loss because I needed to do more than just drink diet pop and really didn't know what else I should do next.  Then, Kenya happened and interrupted by progress...

I see.  Btw, from looking at Update from that period, the lowest you ever hit (at least going by your own public statements) was 261, which happened on March 5, 2012:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=143929.msg3221135#msg3221135

No record of you ever actually getting below 260.


You're probably right, but it was right around that range.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 08:33:49 pm
I think the reason why Mom was a little hesitant about the new job is every time there has been physical labor I "hid under the bed"..  She's right, I have shied away from a lot of physical labor in my nearly 33 years, but I reassured her that I am more mature now and ready to settle into a career.  I've got to prove to her that I can do this and that I'm not blowing hot air.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 08:20:02 pm
It was a bad 32.8 years.

I wouldn't go that far.
Name one diet where you've actually lost at least 10 pounds during the first 4 weeks. ONE.

November 2011-February 2012 - I lost nearly 30 pounds overall in that diet and over 10 pounds in the first month.  I've since gained it all back, but I'm not without precedent in losing weight.  I got down to the high 250's from 285.  If I can just get back to what I did then, I'd be in a whole lot better shape.  The problem is after I got back from Kenya that March, I fell off the diet.

What did you do to supposedly lose all that weight during that period?


I know I switched exclusively to diet pop and had no regular pop for the entire period.  I hit a plateau with the weight loss because I needed to do more than just drink diet pop and really didn't know what else I should do next.  Then, Kenya happened and interrupted by progress...
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 08:12:04 pm
I would like to know more about the coke binges. How much coke does he drink in one binge? How frequently does he binge? Is he ashamed of his binges and is that why we've never heard of them until now?

It happens more than I want to admit, but there are hours on end that I constantly have a can of coke or diet dr pepper next to me.  The last time this happened was this past weekend when I had a coke next to me pretty much all day until the last hour or so before bed time.  I don't chug the cokes, but I constantly sip on one.  I don't feel as bad when it's Diet Dr Pepper as that has no calories, but still it's something I need to break away from.
Are you sipping from the same can all day or are you putting away a 12 pack? It makes a difference. How much soda did you drink that day? I know how you feel. I also grew up drinking exclusively Coke, except at my grandmother's, where I drank Diet Coke.

Maybe 3-4 cans on the worst of days.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 08:11:27 pm
Ha, I just voted for 225.  My goal for 364 days from now is obviously lower, but not giving myself the benefit of the doubt, I voted 225.  I seriously doubt, even with a lot of hard work, I will weigh under 200 lbs by then.

I just weighed this morning, and I weigh 274.4, which is actually a decrease of a half pound in the last 48 hours.  I was almost sure I would be 277, at least.  274.4 is by no means a glorious number, but just being 3 pounds under what I thought I would be is okay.  My first goal by June 20, is 260 lbs.

Why do you bring this up?   What is your purpose other than public shaming?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 07:39:20 pm
Everything you just said is correct, and I know how hard it could be. Just remember what someone said pages back. It takes quite awhile to break an addiction (20 days?). I gave up Coke for Lent two years ago when I drank it all the time. Now I can effectively manage it to about two a week.

I know you can do it too if you can withhold cheat days on that (Sunday exceptions were not used by me). Breaking a habit is hard, but it requires focus. It's probably much harder for you with the lack of an obvious alternative, but have you tried anything else? Even stuff like iced tea is marginally better. What about Coke Zero? Switch that in for water now and then. (I presume that's not too bad. Haven't heard much about it.)

The first step in breaking an addiction is admitting there is an addiction.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ben Carson launches exploratory committee on: March 03, 2015, 07:13:52 pm
Finally, we have our first candidate a full 4 months after the Mid-Terms.

Webb has had an exploratory committee since November:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=202941.0

http://webb2016.com


Okay, fine, our second exploratory committee...
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 06:56:25 pm
I would like to know more about the coke binges. How much coke does he drink in one binge? How frequently does he binge? Is he ashamed of his binges and is that why we've never heard of them until now?

I will reiterate that I lost approximately 40 pounds solely by switching out soda for Gatorade. Drinking soda is easily one of the most destructive things you can do to your body. Even Coke now suggests that soda is a "special treat," and not something to be binged on, can after can, bottle after bottle.

Quote from: Bloomberg Business
(Coca-cola North America President) Sandy Douglas drinks one Coca-Cola every day. He likes it early, before noon, sometimes accompanied by a cup of coffee. “You get an espresso, you get your caffeine and have this for lunch, and you’re ahead,” he says between sips from Coke’s old-fashioned 8-ounce glass bottle. When it’s over, he doesn’t allow himself a second. “I will probably have a Coke Zero in the afternoon at some point,” he concedes, but not another regular one because it has too many calories. “That’s approximately my daily regimen.”

...

Americans may not have figured out the answer to the obesity epidemic, but for years they’ve pointed to Coca-Cola and other soda as one of the causes. Coke has tried fighting against this. It’s tried ignoring it. Now it accepts this as a reality.

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-07-31/coca-cola-sales-decline-health-concerns-spur-relaunch

If you're actually listening to me, I agree with the Bloomberg article, but there is an addiction that I've got to break.  It's just like someone trying to quit smoking or quit drinking alcohol.  They read and even agree with all the warning articles, but it's harder than it looks to break the addiction.  I don't think an addiction to Coca-Cola is as bad as either of those addictions, but it's still not good.

I am trying to break that addiction down by drinking more water.  It's still not easy and no one here should act like it's a piece of cake.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 06:44:12 pm
I would like to know more about the coke binges. How much coke does he drink in one binge? How frequently does he binge? Is he ashamed of his binges and is that why we've never heard of them until now?

It happens more than I want to admit, but there are hours on end that I constantly have a can of coke or diet dr pepper next to me.  The last time this happened was this past weekend when I had a coke next to me pretty much all day until the last hour or so before bed time.  I don't chug the cokes, but I constantly sip on one.  I don't feel as bad when it's Diet Dr Pepper as that has no calories, but still it's something I need to break away from.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 06:40:48 pm
Yeah Bushie you admitted to lying about that period already. And you never said you were in the 280s starting either. 270 you called your peak once.

Wrong period of time.  See my response to Duke.
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