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Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
- Wordsworth, English Poet (1770-1850)

Monthly Archives: March 2011

The humilations inflicted on prisoners at Abu Ghraib were offensive to any thinking and feeling American, but the fever pitch of hysteria from the left was beyond belief. Shrill voices like Andy Rooney’s were screaming about Abu Ghraib as if it were just about the damaging scandal in American history:

The day the world learned that American soldiers had tortured Iraqi prisoners belongs high on the list of worst things that ever happened to our country. It’s a black mark that will be in the history books in a hundred languages for as long as there are history books. I hate to think of it.

The image of one bad young woman with a naked man on a leash did more to damage America’s reputation than all the good things we’ve done over the years ever helped our reputation.

Source: CBS

The New York Times ran Abu Ghraib as a front page story for two months straight. Outrageous and disappointing as some of the photos were to any proud American, in the annals of history, it was pretty minor on the attrocities of war scale. What was far more shameful and disgusting was to see the New York Times so blatantly trying to influence the 2004 election with that story, running it front page 59 times in 60 days leading up to the election. Seriously? You really think you still have any credibility after trying to milk Abu Ghraib that hard, Old Grey Lady?

So I ask you where are the screaming voices of outrage now that the army is investigating a unit of soldiers who were murdering civilians for fun (allegedly) and where are the shrill hysterics when there’s no denying the photos that have come out of American soldiers mugging it up for the camera while humiliating corpses?

I can’t even stomach to show it here, but so far Rolling Stone stands alone in the entire left-wing universe of news media in even acknowledging the story:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-kill-team-20110327

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/photos/the-kill-team-photos-20110327/0602176

These aren’t prisoners being humiliated, these are (allegedly) farmers and villagers being killed for kicks. Where are the harsh condemnations of war crimes from the left now?

Oh that’s right, the beloved liberal messiah of HOPE and CHANGE is commander-in-chief now.

If you ever tried to doubt the fact that the liberal left controls all news media outside of Fox News, witness the fact that this story, 100 times as shocking and horrific as Abu Ghraib, will get zero mention from any of the major news networks and national newspapers.

 

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Journal of my seven day journey on the cabbage soup diet.

Day 1 – 238 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 1

Day 1 Plan: GET FRUITY! Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.

7:46am – Heading to the grocery store to pick up ingredients. The battery is out on my old scale, will probably just pick up a new scale instead.

10:05am – Picked a perfect day to start my cabbage soup diet, St. Patty’s Day, baby! The local Ralphs had cabbage on sale for $0.19 / pound. (Or was it $0.19 head? Whatever.)

Came back with groceries, a new scale, weighed myself, 236.6. Then I got the bright idea, hey, let’s get a second opinion, so I pull out the old scale, ready to swap batteries and . . . it springs to life. So I bought a second scale to replace one that was already working and had a good battery to boot. This is not too uncommon in our household actually, although usually it involves me buying something I know we already have but don’t feel like digging through the garage for hours to find.

Scale number two puts me at 240.8. So I weighed myself on both scales, decided to go with the happier assessment from the first scale, realized a picture would make it official, but by that time, I’d eaten some cabbage soup and was up to 238 on the first scale, which split the two original readings, so we’ll call it 238 as the initial weigh-in and I’ll stick with the new scale.

9:18pm – I got a 2 hour walk in this morning, that was ambitious, I stuck to the plan, ate nothing but cabbage soup and fruits (I probably tripled my fruit intake for the year in a single day) so I behaved myself, but there were people happily chomping away at tasty foods in the home here all day and I’m in a pretty foul mood to tell the truth. I just want to hit the rack and go to sleep and put this day in the books. I’ll probably be in a better mood when I wake up, knowing I stuck to the plan and made it through day one.

Day 2 – 236.4 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 2

Day 2 Plan: EAT YOUR VEGGIES! Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.

3:27pm – I was out all day today with a 9am appointment that took me right up to the drive out to a meeting at noon, so I didn’t have a bite until I made it back home around 2pm. Actually weighed myself first thing in the morning and was down to 234, but only snapped the picture when I made it back in the afternoon, with 64 ounces of diet coke in me and weighed in at the 236.4 pictured. That was right inline with the 2 pounds that were added between the morning weigh-in and the afternoon weight on day 1.

Something I discovered today was that sharing all of this on the blog and having respect for people who stop by the blog and read has actually been really helpful in giving me strength and making failure not an option with this diet. The half-dozen times this morning temptation was strong and as easy to give in to as slipping into a fast food joint for a quick bite of something tasty, all I had to do is think to myself, “Dude, if you slip, you gotta share it on the blog” and then I told myself, “How much would that suck if you had to tell everyone you were too weak to stick to the plan? Forget that, you can make it home to your cabbage soup.” And so I did.

Which leads me to my first revelation about dieting – if you share with your friends and family that you’re going on a diet and tell them you’re going to stick it, the thought of straying from the diet is a hundred times more difficult than if you’re dieting solo and have only yourself to answer to. Of course, this all hinges on whether you have a personality like mine where you have a compulsion about being honest or whether the thought “of nobody will know” comes easy to you, but it makes sense to me now why Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are set around having an advisor monitoring your progress and going in for your weigh-ins, because you have someone other than yourself you have to answer to, and in those cases, honesty doesn’t even enter the equation because the scale doesn’t lie!

Day 3 – 232.4 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 3

5:36pm – Before I even mention the plan for the day, I just have to comment on the awesome feeling of waking up, hitting the scale just two days into the diet and finding myself already almost six pounds lighter. It makes the self-sacrifice one-thousand percent worth it. And I know some would say it’s just water loss, but no, I gotta say you’re wrong, the soup is liquid based, and then beyond the soup, I’ve mainly been getting through the hunger with water, juice and more water. Two days in, almost six pounds lighter. I am fired up!

Day 3 Plan: MIX IT UP! Combine days one and two by eating all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.

Day 4 – 229.8 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 4

9:50am – Reflecting on three days in the books, this is a pretty brutal diet as far as the level of self-denial involved. Day 2 I could hardly stand to watch my Laker game for all the Jack in the Box and Del Taco commercials. I finally had to stop watching TV. Looking at the results though, almost 9 pounds in three days?

Thank you, sir, may I please have another bowl of that delicious cabbage soup???

Day 4 Plan: GO BANANAS! Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.

Day 5 – 228.2 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 5

Day 5 Plan: BEEF AND TOMATOES! Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomtoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one one of the beef days (but not both).

5:00pm – Did a weigh-in around noon and snapped the pic. You know the diet is going well when losing 1.6 pounds in a day is a bit of a let down. The two-hour walk has been my secret weapon. Managed to get one in on days one and three, need to try to get in a two-hour walk this evening I think. Do not want to lose my momentum!

Day 6 – 227.4 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 6

12:00 noon – They say hunger is the best sauce, I can tell you four days of cabbage soup diet makes for one hell of a sauce. I’m sure I’ve had just as good, but never have I had any better than the steak I had last night.

Got an iPhone app called Passometer, figured out for the first time what my two-hour walk entails – 7.46 miles, 14182 steps, 1166 calories burned.

Found an interesting bit of info to put that 1166 calories in perspective:

A pound of body fat equates to approximately 3500 calories. So if you have a calorie deficit of 500 calories (meaning that you burn 500 calories more than you eat each day) you would lose approximately one pound per week: 500 x 7 = 3,500

It’s easy to see that a calorie deficit of 1000 calories would mean that you’d lose approximately two pounds per week. And that’s a good number to remember, because two pounds a week is commonly accepted as the maximum rate of weight loss that is healthy.

source: caloriesperhour.com

So yes, I’m well aware that the ten pounds I’ve lost in the last five days is extreme and no substitute for a long-term healthy lifestyle adjustment, but damn, if losing over ten pounds in five days is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

Day Six Plan: BEEF AND VEGGIES! Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.

Day 7 – 228 pounds

Cabbage Soup Diet, Day 7

Did not stray from the diet, not in the slightest, but gained back a half pound between yesterday’s weigh in and today. I guess those first few pounds are the easiest. Either way, I’m six days in and exactly 10 pounds lighter, so hopefully with seven days complete by tomorrow, I can beat that 10 pound mark by an additional pound or two.

Day Seven: BROWN RICE FINALE! Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.

Final Result at the End of 7 Days:
226.6 pounds – 11.4 pounds lost

Cabbage Soup Diet after 7 Days The seven day diet is over, and let me tell you, it was seven LONG days, but the results were worth it – after seven days, the final weigh-in showed me having lost 11.4 pounds.

My first thought after the final weigh-in: “MY GOD, I CAN EAT ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE NOW!” So yes, it’s back to the world of cheese and bread (oh how I missed you both so!) and that first quesadilla was heavenly, but I have to keep my wits about me and remind myself – losing 11 pounds took a struggle of seven days, gaining them back would be as easy as indulging for two or three.

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So I completely blew past my New Year’s Resolution, but now with the approaching Summer, I have a second chance at inspiration. At 6′ 3″, my target weight is about 196. Over the past four years, I’ve been as high as 250 and as low as 179, so one of the things I realize is that nothing can beat a long-term healthy lifestyle, combining a balanced diet along with plenty of physical exercise.

That being said, I also have no problem putting a radical kick start on my goal of reaching ideal weight by summer. I can handle anything for one week and of all the crazy diets out there, I don’t think any of them can do permanent damage in just seven days.

It’s said that the Cabbage Soup Diet will shed you 10 pounds in one week. I want to put that to the test.

The Recipe:

Cabbage Soup Recipe

  • 6 large green onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • half a head of cabbage
  • 1 package Lipton soup mix
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.

Directions:

Slice green onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.

Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out. Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.

Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.

Clean carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.

Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.

If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.

You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt and flavors you will need.

Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time – two hours works well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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The Plan:

Day One: GET FRUITY!

Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. For drinks- unsweetened teas, cranberry juice and water.

Day Two: EAT YOUR VEGGIES!

Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Eat all the vegetables you want along with your soup. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today.

Day Three: MIX IT UP!

Combine days one and two by eating all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. No Baked Potato.

Day Four: GO BANANAS!

Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. This day is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets.

Day Five: BEEF AND TOMATOES!

Ten to twenty ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomtoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one one of the beef days (but not both).

Day Six: BEEF AND VEGGIES!

Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Eat your soup at least once.

Day Seven: BROWN RICE FINALE!

Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.

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The Results

So here’s where the real fun is, seeing if the diet lived up to its promise of 10 pounds in one week:

Click here to read my:

Cabbage Soup Diet Journal

The idea is to give things a nice 10 pound drop at the start and then move into a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle and try to continue dropping a couple pounds a week until I reach my target weight.

Wish me luck!

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46 percent of Americans say Republicans in congress are taking the stronger leadership role in Congress to only 36 who say President Obama is taking the stronger leadership role.

For the life of me, I can’t imagine why . . .

Obama: Poor Marks for Leadership

Perhaps we can understand Obama’s poor marks for leadership a little better in reading “White House Dossier”, a great blog by Keith Koffler which follows the President’s every meeting and doing:

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

With various urgencies swirling about him, Saturday’s weekly videotaped presidential address focusing on “Women’s History Month” seemed bizarrely out of touch.

Obama Friday took time out to honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Thursday was a White House conference on bullying – not a bad idea perhaps, but not quite Leader of the Free World stuff either.

Obama appeared a little sleepy as he weighed in against the bullies, perhaps because he’d spent the night before partying with lawmakers as they took in a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.

Meanwhile, the president has been studying for weeks whether to establish a No Fly Zone over Libya, delaying action while the point becomes increasingly moot as Qaddafi begins to defeat and slaughter his opponents. And lawmakers from both Parties are wondering why he seems to be AWOL in the deficit reduction debate.

The Libya indecision follows an inconsistent response to the protests that ousted former Egyptian President Mubarak and seemed to catch the White House off guard. The perfunctory response from the White House Monday to Saudi Arabia’s dispatch of troops to Bahrain suggested the administration wasn’t prepared for that one either.

But the fun stuff won’t end anytime soon. On Thursday, the Taoiseach of Ireland will be in town to help the president celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And then Friday it’s off to Brazil for the start of a three-country Latin American tour.

Oddly, he’ll be missing Carnival, which went down last week.

Source: White House Dossier

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Al Gore: Hollywood's Favorite Fiction Writer

Looks like Hollywood’s favorite fiction writer is at it again . . .

Gore’s book is his first since a spate of unpleasant news about his personal life last year, including his separation from Tipper and an investigation into allegations that he had assaulted a masseuse in a Portland, Ore., hotel room in 2006.

source: Politico

Nevermind the fact that the awards bestowed upon you by the Nobel Prize Committee, the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Oscars devalued the credibility of all four institutions, keep plugging away with the hysteria because there will never be a shortage of moonbeams willing to buy into your junk science.

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