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Archive | May 12, 2013

Today, May 12, 2013, Is Florence Nightingale’s 192nd Birthday Anniversary. Yes, There Was A Google Doodle.

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Last Google Doodle post:
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Google Doodle for U.S. Mother’s Day — May 12, 2013.

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From Wikipedia. Click to access Wikipedia entry.

From Wikipedia. Click to access Wikipedia entry. If you click carefully you could also ENLARGE this image.


Yes, Google has done a Doodle, but in 2008 and it was specific to the U.K. because she is British.

Funny thing. They got the date wrong!

Click to access Google Doodle archive with this Doodle.

Click to access Google Doodle archive with this Doodle.


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I Did IT. I Did It. I Lost The 20 Pounds I Was Told To Lose. Took Me 110 Days, i.e., 3 Months 3 Weeks.

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Anura Guruge


A Few Related Posts:
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‘Fast Diet’ losing weight the right way — Mar. 29, 2013.
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Will power, wrong way to lose weight — Jan. 28, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II digital bath scales with BMI — Feb. 14, 2013.

>> NH Maple weekend — Mar. 26, 2013.


jump_for_joyIt wasn’t hard per se. I never expected it to be hard. I am the past master of losing weight — when I set my mind to it, i.e., I have a chat with my best friend, ‘my brain’, and we agree that we together, working hand-in-hand, will achieve that goal.

Deanna picked up my blood work results on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. My blood sugar was ‘102‘ — I was now officially prediabetic, ‘100’ the cut-off. I had hovered at ’99’ for a number of years. Thought I was ‘only’ around 185 pounds I decided I was going to lose weight.

Saw my rake-thin cardiologist two days later, on January 24. Per their scales, fully dressed (for winter), I was 193 pounds. As soon as I got home I ordered a new, digital bathroom scales with automated, BIA-technology based BMI calculations. So, I ended up with the Ozeri Gen II (ZB011). I love it. That it shows your weights to the ‘tenths’ helps. You can really watch your weight fluctuate in terms of ounces. Per the Ozeri I weighed 189 pounds and  my BMI never was beyond the dreaded ’25’. I am now at ‘17‘ per the Ozeri – and this morning after my run, the Ozeri read, exactly: ‘169.0‘! 

I don’t know what my blood work is. I haven’t had it tested since. Yes, I lost the weight by eliminating carbs. But, that means I am eating more cheese and meats. The last time I did this, about 8 years ago, my blood work was the best ever. But I was younger.

So my cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Hanlon, of Catholic Medical (in Manchester, NH), a man of few words, tells me that I should lose 20 pounds. I was bit taken back. But, it was funny he did not tell me to in anyway change my exercise regime once he heard about my slogging up Prospect Mountain Hill and snow shoveling.

I thought I would lose the 20 pounds in 3 months. I am not that thrilled that it took me 3 weeks longer. But, the trip to Arizona set me back 10 days. Though I did NOT cheat, even once, my whole system was out of whack.

This was really a modified Atkins — and I am an Atkins devotee ever since Deanna steered me towards his approach c. 2005. As I told Dr. Hanlon it is impossible, today, to totally eliminate carbs from your diet. There are carbs even in most salad dressings – and no, I am not going to live on Balsamic Vinaigrette alone. I was also not going to sacrifice my daily, diluted (large) glass of red wine. Long time ago I worked out that there were two mandatory things, other than oxygen and food, I needed in order to function (and especially, to write): sex and red-wine. So the red wine was staying though what I now drink, other than very, very rare occasions (like once every month), is a ‘disgusting’ watery mix. Then there is oatmeal. Though I take both flaxseed and Metamucil, daily, I like my oatmeal. I like proper, celtic-style steel-cut oatmeal — and Deanna will make it for me, if I ask. But, the one thing I do cheat on, especially if when we are travelling is, McDonald’s oatmeal. I have liked it from the day it came out. Yes, I know it has a bunch of ‘unhealthy’ stuff, but if this is my ‘indulgence’ — you can do much worse.

So, that is it. I will continue on this diet for the foreseeable future. The chances are that I will lose a few more pounds. IF I get to 165 pounds, I will have to reevaluate matters. I don’t want to go much below that. My ribs start to show.

IF you want to lose weight my way, let me know. I will help you out. Yes, I am supposed to, per Deanna, write a book about my diet, and it is on the list.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Again Lets Get The Facts Right About The ‘Common Core Curriculum’ Biometric Bracelet.

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Related post:
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


Deanna took particular notice of all the concerns raised at Saturday’s meeting about the biometric bracelets that the kids were going to be forced to wear. As with the misinformation about school hours in Korea, I knew that this didn’t sound true. So, as I always do, I set to to check it out. This article spells it all out.

Click to access article in June 2012 edition of 'Forbes'.

Click to access article in June 2012 edition of ‘Forbes’.

Devanee Sings At The Spring, ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ ‘Feel The Spirit!’ Concerts, May 11 & 12, 2013. Her Second Appearance.

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Anura Guruge


Deanna wanted the same picture again. Kind of trying to establish a tradition. But, a big difference. December was taken after the second concert, the May one was taken before the first concert. Click to ENLARGE.

Deanna wanted the same picture again. Kind of trying to establish a tradition. But, a big difference. December was taken after the second concert, the May one was taken before the first concert. Click to ENLARGE.


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Click to ENLARGE. I was messing around after I had done an inverse selection. Wow. Bob is definitely your uncle from then on.

Click to ENLARGE. I was messing around after I had done an inverse selection. Wow. Bob is definitely your uncle from then on.


‘Clearlakes Chorale’ has some arcane privacy rules about photographs. Since I never bothered to understand what they really said, I just decided to stay on the safe side and only use ‘pixalated’ images. Also why I have deleted all the posts, photographs and video clips from the December concert. If I am still in non-compliance I will delete this post too.

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