End of Week 198 -Finally, a Distraction…

Ok, I don’t know what the scale says because I think I need to concentrate on sticking to the eating and exercising plan for a couple of weeks and see what happens.  Last week I got all my workouts in and tried to tailor my eating to lots of salads and other greens with protein like my shakes and chicken.  Right now I am boiling eggs for this coming week.  It takes time for the body to react to any changes – positive or negative – so I want to give this new initiative some time before I check to see if there is any change in my weight.

Part of the problem is I am progressing in my resistance training.  Weights and other resistance work is great for overall health since muscle is more efficient than fat.  It also helps the joints when done correctly (that’s where my trainer, Will, comes in).  However, it’s not great for weight loss, at least not at first.  If I am consistent, then eventually my weight should drop because muscle burns more fuel and the fat should be used as fuel, but that takes time.  I just have to be patient and consistent.

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” – Oscar Ameringer

I believe that observation describes how most of us are feeling about politics today.  Anyone who is not absolutely sold on a candidate is just plain tired of the whole thing already.  Thank heaven we have a temporary distraction.


Yes, I am a college basketball fan.  My alma mater, the University of Richmond, seldom is involved in the madness and this year is no exception.  So, I can root for whichever school I please.  I love a good upset,  and there have been a lot of them so far.  However, I also picked Kansas and UVA in my bracket.  I have selections up and down the spectrum.  It really does not make any difference to me which school wins – I just want to see some good basketball.  So far, the tournament is not disappointing in that regard.

The first day of Spring is cloudy, windy, and cold.  Then by Thursday it is supposed to be 70.  Welcome to spring in Delaware – a rollercoaster of weather!  I need to get some birdseed and a new suet holder.  Some wild critter made off with the one I had hanging.  The woodpeckers are wondering where their suet is.  They try to eat the sunflower seed, but it’s not the same.  It looks like I’m going to have a lot of goldfinches this year.  The males will be beautiful once they change to their bright yellow of summer.  And my cardinals are back in force!  I am SO happy!!

I am currently going through a different experience.  I am helping my son house-hunt and apply for a mortgage loan.  I haven’t looked at houses in this way for a long time.  Seeing what is out there is a real learning experience.  It helps to be able to make some improvements once you move in, especially the first time home owner.  Anything listed under $200,000 has something wrong with it.  Fortunately, getting a mortgage will not be as mysterious.  I have been working in the regulation of mortgage companies for 26 years, and I know about getting a mortgage loan.

Until next week….Spring 2014 004



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