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Bottom 3: Infomercial Personalities

These are the three most annoying infomercial pitch men.

#3. Billy Mays – Mays has pitched many products but is most famous for Orange Glow, Oxiclean, and now Mighty Putty. He’s probably a nice guy, but why does he have to yell all the time?

#2. Vince Offer – This was a close call. He was so close to being number one because of his incredibly annoying Shamwow and Slap Chop commercials. Half the time, I don’t know what the heck he’s talking about. You Tube has tons of parodies for Vince Offer and some of them are vulgar. It’s his fault though for throwing in phrases off the wall that are borderline vulgar. He’s a weird looking guy anyway.

#1. Kevin Trudeau – This is the knucklehead who got rich off people’s health and financial misery/ignorance. He wrote the much hyped Natural Cures, Weight Loss Cures, and Debt Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. It looked like a sham to me, but a friend who actually purchased them said it was a complete waste. His mannerisms and insistence that the FDA is try to shut him up are also two contributing factors to his place at #1 on this list. I don’t want the government to shut him up, but I would like to shut him up.

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Head Movie Thoughts

-The weather last week would have been perfect for a trip out on the reef.

-Winds were under 5 mph, bay was glassy, and there were under 2 feet off the reef.

-Unfortunately I was not feeling my best during that time and wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it anyway.

-Marcela and I have been on another movie trip for the last week. We have watched at least one movie every day for the last week.

-A neighbor has been supplying us with movies, some of which aren’t even out of the theater year, free of charge.

-We also picked a few up from Blockbuster.

-We saw some comedies (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Soul Men, and Tropic Thunder), some action (Rambo, Eagle Eye, and Wanted), and drama (Bella, Pride and Glory, and Deception.

-I recommend for everyone to see the movie Bella. It’s a very loving family movie about life and giving life a chance. I loved it.

-There are a few that I would not recommend for others to see due to their graphic nature: Rambo, Soul Men, and Tropic Thunder. Tropic Thunder was one of the funniest films I’ve seen, but it’s pretty much intended to offend.

-The irony of the movie is: Robert Downey Jr plays the part of an award winning actor who has surgery to become a black man for the filming of a movie which is intended to win him an award. Robert Downey Jr was nominated for an Academy Award for actor in a supporting role for this movie, in real life.

-Paul Blart: Mall Cop is also funny. I recommend this for all ages. It’s a comedy about a single dad who is a security guard who wanted to be a cop but flunked out due to hypoglycemia. He turns out being the only person who can stop a heist of roughly $20 million from the mall’s accounts.

-I am finally about to kick this cough that accompanied a fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches over the past week. Marcela got the same thing. The most effective relief came from Mucinex DM 12 hour and tylenol.

-On Saturday, I coughed so hard, I felt like my head would explode. We never really appreciate feeling good until we feel bad.

-Marcela and I will be getting new passports for the cruise although they won’t be necessary since the ports we are stopping only require birth certificate and picture ID.

-I have a big interview on Monday. Whatever the result is, I thank everyone for their encouragement, help, and prayers. Big thanks to my dad and Mark Similey.

-See y’all at church Sunday!

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Monday Morose

Marcela and I are heading down to the doc.  She has a blood test, and I need something for this cough/fever.  I’m worried that I got her sick.  She now has a fever and a sore throat.  Hopefully we can get over this quickly.  I rarely call out of work, but today was an exception considering I barely made it through yesterday with chills, body aches, and a cough.  Later.

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Friday Bottom 3: Worst Breakfast Foods

In a way, these could be the top 3 as well. I will just say that these are really bad for you.

#3. Bacon – Why isn’t this #1?  Because these strips of fried fat and salt are actually OK if you are on Atkins.  Man, I love me some bacon.  Chris is going to need some Lipitor just reading this blog.

#2. Pancakes – It’s not bad enough that you smother these cakes with syrup and butter.  To get the whole experience, you need a stack of them and a side of bacon and sausage.

#1. Doughnuts – Or is it donuts?  It’s so confusing.  The problem with these delicious treats is complex.   They are deep fried carbohydrate loops drenched in sugar.  How can you just eat one for breakfast?  They just make you hungry.

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Saturday Top 5: New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is time for a new beginning. We all know that it’s a time to reflect on the old year and all the things we want to change. We always use it as a time to improve ourselves. Well, this is a list of the top 5 New Year’s resolutions.

#5. Get Organized – {hand in the air yelling “GUILTY”} This one is a resolution I have made for myself many times.  I am not the most organized person.  I think I will make this one of my resolutions this year.  Automatic bill pay is about the only thing that has kept me afloat here.

#4. Go to Church – I’ve heard people state this one as if it will fix the other issues down the list.  As if they were to start hanging out at the mechanic’s, their car would get fixed.  It’s a little more complicated than just going to church.  But, it’s better than nothing.

#3. End that Bad Habit! – For some, it may be smoking, for some it’s drinking, for others it may be cheating on a spouse with the secretary.  Those habits are done!  Why?  Because the calendar says so.  I jest.  Many people look at the new year as a time to make a new start because they are not satisfied with the direction of their lives.  I think if more people were believers and leaned on the Bible and prayer for God’s direction, maybe they wouldn’t wait for the New Year to stop destroying their lives.  JMOFWIW

#2. Lose Weight – Why do we always weight until the New Year to commit to lose that 10, 20, 30 (or in some cases 80) pounds?  Because it gives us that hope that we will actually do it this time?  Maybe because it’s such a good starting point.  I think with weight loss, motivation is everything.  We need something to kick us in the pants to get us going.  Good luck!

#1. Exercise or Get in Shape – Yes, I already listed weight loss as a resolution, but I consider this a wholy seperate resolution because there are many people who do not really need to lose weight but they feel they are not healthy because of lack of exercise.  Besides, we all know the truth is that we can lose weight without exercise, and we can exercise without losing weight.  So, how many of you will commit to just 15 minutes of exercise every day?

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Brisk Thoughts

-Thanks to Chris for the cold weather alert. This chill we have had for the last 4 days has been great.
-Global warming is a funny thing. When it gets hot, they say it’s global warming (makes sense). When it gets unseasonably cold, they say it’s global warming. When it rains a lot, you guessed it! When it’s dry, that’s global warming too. When there are record frequency and strength, they say that’s from global warming. But don’t forget, we just had record low activity, so I guess that’s global warming too.
-Max loves the cool air. When I let him out, the cool air hits him and he just has to run. I guess he’s enjoying this global warming.
-I have a doctor’s appointment this morning. I’m actually at the doctor right now. Gotta get some updates on my BP and my weight.
-I’m doing OK on my nutritional plan. So far, I’m down 20 pounds since about July.
-Next week I have a planned cheat day or two because saying no to my mom’s cornbread dressing, sausage balls, and broccoli casserole will be almost impossible.
-I’ll probably hang out with my brother, Kelly, mom, and dad tonight for the big game. Miami has a tough game tonight against Georgia Tech that they pretty much must win. A win means we are one game against NC State from the ACC championship, probably a rematch against FSU.
-Marcela and I are watching 24 on DVD. We are at the end of season 2 right now. We’re trying to catch up with the whole series to date.
-I gave up double time on Thanksgiving and Black Friday via trade. So my schedule for the next week is that I work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then I get the next 5 days after that off.
-I may go spend a couple of days in the keys with Marcela, but one thing I have to do is take Marcela to a couple stores on Black Friday to grab a few DVD’s and maybe a few other items.
-Since it’s another weekend of work, I will see some of you guys next weekend at both Homestead and Plantation Key. I love being part of Life Pointe!

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Low Fat Makes Us Fat?

In the LA Times Health section there is an article which insinuates that the low fat craze of the 80’s and 90’s is to blame for America’s growing waistline.  Of course, a low fat diet did not make me fat, and you can trust that I know that for a fact. But the theory in the article, while total speculation is interesting. The article backs up its claim with no true scientific research.

In a nutshell, the theory states that America was told by the FDA that a diet low in fat and high in fiber was ideal. Naturally, a diet low in fat is going to be high in carbs and have a high glycemic load. Carbohydrate rich diets cause blood sugar to rise and crash making you feel more hungry and making your insulin levels go up and down. This causes you to gain weight. Most of the supporting information in the article is proven, but I didn’t see any research which suggested that the low-fat craze of years past directly relates to Americans getting fatter.

Well, I am eating lower carb, high protein foods. Though I miss the potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, and sweets, I can say that the steaks, fish, eggs, and cheese are compensating.

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