Losing Weight

Let me start at the end — I don’t believe it is possible to lose weight without significantly increasing the amount of exercise you get. When I say exercise I mean the kind of exercise that feels like work. Our bodies were designed for hard work. Most of us, me included, do not have jobs where we have to physically work hard. That means we have to make our own work, which is called working out. If you want to lose weight you have to work out, hard and often.

Second, losing weight is a math thing. You need to burn more calories than you consume. There is no way around this. All the stupid diets that you see are selling you something. If you burn more than you eat, you lose weight. If you don’t, you don’t.

The reason I bring this up is I have a goal to lose somewhere around 20 pounds. I started out trying to change my diet. I was miserable and it didn’t work — I actually gained weight. But days after I started working out, I started losing weight. I’ve lost about 12 pounds so far. The other great thing about working out is that you can be a little less concerned about your diet. I am still trying to eat less and eat better but I don’t worry about the occasional meal at McDonalds.

My plan has been to work out every day. I go to the YMCA and lift weights and do 30 minutes on a cardio machine every other day. The other days I go for a run or a bike ride or do some other cardio work out. I don’t do it everyday. I’m busy and things come up. But by planning on working out everyday, I guarantee that I get at least 4 or 5 days per week. If I planned on doing 4 or 5 days per week, things would come up and I’d end up doing 1 or 2 days per week.

The other great thing about working out, as opposed to trying to simply eat less and better, is that you are getting healthy in other ways, too. You improve your cardiovascular health and your bone density. Your digestion is better and stress levels are reduced. It is also good psychologically because it is hard and it takes discipline and you feel like you have accomplished something when you are done.

So there it is. Work out in a way that makes you sweat. Challenge your self and push yourself. Start now and do it forever. I hope I do.

Losing Weight

Conservatives End Religious Freedom

Yahoo reports:

The House passed legislation Thursday that would prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on whether the words “under God” should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fox News reports:

Across America, many local government meetings begin with public prayers but a Tampa city council meeting recently started out with members leaving because of the invocation.

Atheist Michael Harvey was about to give the invocation at a Tampa City Council meeting when some members became angry. A debate continued for nearly 30 minutes until three members walked out.

One of the more irrational people at the Tampa City Council meeting said: “[I shouldn’t have to] listen to an atheist sit here and tell me what I should or should not believe in.”

What a frickin’ joke. In the former story, the House is trampling on the separation of powers and in the latter case we are showing that only certain religions are allowed to get the stage at meetings and football games and the like. Actually, there is exactly one religion allowed at these events and it is Christianity.

We non-believers have to listen to Christians telling us what to believe all day every day. It’s about time we got a chance to invoke some reason at the city council meeting rather than listen to the shallow mythology of a simplistic book that has been twisted to support the most oppressive ideologies of our time. I have nothing against Jesus, it’s radical Christians that I have a problem with. Keep your fucking religion out of my government.

Conservatives End Religious Freedom

Bush Is Losing

Thank you Michael Moore for writing this. One of the best points:

The polls are wrong. They are all over the map like diarrhea. On Friday, one poll had Bush 13 points ahead — and another poll had them both tied. There are three reasons why the polls are b.s.: One, they are polling “likely voters.” “Likely” means those who have consistently voted in the past few elections. So that cuts out young people who are voting for the first time and a ton of non-voters who are definitely going to vote in THIS election. Second, they are not polling people who use their cell phone as their primary phone. Again, that means they are not talking to young people…You are being snookered if you believe any of these polls.

You may be a freak and a commercialist, not unlike the nutso, professional idiot Ann Coulter, but on the opposite end of the spectrum, but you are often right nonetheless. Bush is losing. He may get trounced.

Bush Is Losing

Election Nonsense

This is almost humorous to watch. The Republicans viciously attack John Kerry throughout their convention but whenever John Kerry criticizes Bush they act like “poor John Kerry needs to resort to negative attacks”. Further, they act like the Bush agenda is nothing but success after success and that John Kerry has not articulated his platform. None of this is true! Even if I try as hard as I can to pretend I am a Republican, I could not (yet) call the war in Iraq a success. There is still way too much volatility and the place is not secure. I think Saddam Hussein fooled us by telling his army to basically disappear into the citizenry. We could have violence for years in terms of civil war, an extremist Islamic state or a military government like we had under Hussein. In terms of protecting our interests in the Middle East, the current situation may or may not be to our long term advantage.

What else? Oh yeah, the economy. Well, not exactly the economy I’d want to hook my election wagon up to. There is no proof that tax cuts are helping the economy. Job creation is negative. The market is tepid. The national debt is soaring again. Where is the good news here — it could have been worse? Is Bush running under a “it could have been worse” slogan?

Now throw in the social issues. The Republican platform wants to deny all rights to same-sex couples. No hospital visitation, no estate planning, no shared insurance, nothing. They want to make abortion illegal. They want to prevent stem cell research. They want to teach creation in the schools. The want to abandon the UN. They want to have an international policy of preemption — attack first and ask questions later, just like we did in Iraq. (Oops, it turns out Iraq posed no threat to the United States.)

Bush has nothing great to run on. As John Stewart of the Daily Show says, it’s like the Republicans are saying “Give us 4 more years so we can continue the work we never started.” Bush uses the past tense to describe his accomplishments, like it is all completely solved: we left no child behind! we got prescription drugs taken care of! we made the world safer! None of this is true.

So Bush lashes out with the tried and true Republican tactics: he’s gonna raise taxes! he’s wobbly! he has no message. None of this is true. John Kerry is experienced, intelligent, capable, proven and twice the man Bush will ever be. He is not the most charismatic person in the world. He doesn’t speak to the heart as well as Clinton or Reagan. On issues, though, he is almost always right on. He is right about this stuff and given the chance his ideas will work.

This election is still very close and I still stand behind my prediction that Kerry will win.

Remember: if you don’t vote you are voting for 4 more years of Bush.

Election Nonsense