05 December, 2008

Happy Birthday Grace!

Happy Birthday Grace!

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Happy Birthday...even if you were a little grumpy this morning....We Love You!

03 November, 2008

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween...or Happy Harvest Festival...whatever you would like to call it.

Boo! from Sleeping Beauty and Little Giraffe!


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16 October, 2008

Life

ABORTION
ADOPTION


8 Letters…change two letters…and save a life!

It recently struck me at just how close these two words are…alphabetically…

It struck me odd that these could be so close alphabetically, and yet polar opposites in definition.

One represents death.

One represents life.

25 August, 2008

Quick Update

About a month ago, I decided to tweak my diet a bit to see if I could bust out of the weight loss stall I was in for long time. I decided to take my daily carb count even lower.

Over the weekend I achieved another pound to reach 208....82 pounds lost!

For "fun" I tried on a pair of size 34 jeans that I have had lying around for "motivation"...and THEY FIT! My wife said they did not look too tight...of course they are tighter than my current size 36....but I could move around in them, and kneel down and such without bursting any seams!
My wife does not like the specific cut of these cheap Costco jeans, so they will probably be labeled as "work around the house" jeans...and I am not quite ready to "commit" to size 34...not that I fear gaining, but I am pretty comfortable in size 36....after another 10 pounds or so gone, maybe size 36 will seem too big, and I will be ready to move down...

This VLC (very-low-carb) seems to work for me.

I currently work 4 10-hour shifts and do find myself hungry some days....but my work schedule limits some of the things I can do. I am not "dying" to eat...and it is nice to actually be hungry once in a while. Some days all I eat is eggs, meat, and diet soda....occasionally I will have cheese...but not regularly, and I eat the 0 carb cheddar or swiss when I do. My snack of choice is pork rinds...to help stave off hunger during the long 10-hour shift...

...some have said that sweeteners, even if artificial, trigger a desire for more sweets for them, but I do not have that reaction...at least not any more.

The longer I follow VLC way of eating, I find it is easier. I can sure tell when I have eaten leaner meats....but sometimes that is all we happen to have come eating time.

What has worked best for me and this 10-hour shift is the following:
This is my ideal menu, and I do not eat this menu every day, but as I progress, I think it will become my basic menu.

Breakfast:
2-3 fatty hamburger patties with little or no spices/flavorings (frozen, or fresh...no preference for me.)
I prepare these fresh in the morning, or the previous night and reheat them to simplify the morning routine. I eat these around 6-6:15AM and am not hungry until 11:30 or Noon.
Or...sometimes just a bunch of bacon...I love the stuff.

Lunch:
2-3 fatty hamburger patties...same as breakfast...prepared with the breakfast patties and reheated at work. I sometimes add some butter to add some more fat, and I enjoy the flavor.
I am not usually hungry again until dinnertime, 6-6:30PM.

Dinner:
What ever meat my wife has prepared or some leftover meats from previous meals. Most days it is a simple meal, as my wife works outside the home, and I just "punt" with whatever I find in the fridge. Food is just not a big deal to me any more.

For drinks, I drink water, or diet soda...depending on what strikes my fancy at the time. I drink some diet soda with Splenda, and some with aspartame. I still try and limit aspartame, but have not given it up completely yet.

I have 28 more pounds to go to reach my new goal. I have weighed 180 in my early 20s, but do not remember much about it...it was short-lived...so...we shall see.

God Bless

Ab

30 July, 2008

Slovakia!

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In June and a few days into July we went to Slovakia for a vacation and to see my wife's family that stayed behind after her family escaped Communism….oh so many years ago.

Here are the girls I love at the SLC airport for the start of our journey.

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Here the girls are walking around the village of Myjava....if memory serves....

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Grace is eating something delicious...

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Here is Grace outside the cow barn at Teta Beta's...

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Playing ping pong at a relative's house in the Czech Republic village of Jablonné.

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The Family Four somewhere in Prague...

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At and around Prague castle...

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Here we are on the Charles Bridge

in Prague…

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Prague scenes...

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Back in Bratislava, Slovakia...the last pic is outside Bratislava Castle.

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In a friend's backyard...

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Bratislava Zoo and Dinosaur Exhibit...

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Castle Devín, near Bratislava...

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Along the Danube River, outside the walls of Castle Devin...the last one is a pic of a monument to the thousands of people that died trying to escape Communism by trying to cross the Danube in this area to escape to Austria.

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Here is a pic of Trinity and Timea playing in an area my wife used to run around and play in when she was younger.

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Here are some pictures from around Piešťany, Slovakia...

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A tribute to the "Working Class"....please thank a Communist when you see one...

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Here is a typical low-carb lunch/dinner that I enjoyed.

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In the beautiful High Tatras

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And...throw in a quick excursion to Poland...

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Back at the Slovakia/Poland Border...keep moving...keep moving...nothing to see here...

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At family friend's house in the Tatry area...

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Back in Myjava area...

This Rooster ride-on toy is one of the many items that she remembers playing with when she was young and now our girls get to fight over...oops...I mean ride...it.

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Me working on Dedus'ko's (Grandpa's) laptop...

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Thirsty Girls...

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ahh...the memories...

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Visiting my wife's cousin and family in Šaľa...

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I was treated to some trap shooting! I said to Jaro..."Should I bring my passport?" To which he replied..."We have guns..we do not need passports!" Har Har

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Meanwhile...back on the farm...

Noodle Making! Tractors! Nearby monuments!

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Trenčín Castle

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Beckov Castle ruins...

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Parting shots from the final days of our visit...

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The End

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